'1600 Penn' co-creator busy with NBC midseason comedy
Jason Winer will be on the 20th Century Fox lot for at least another three years.Winer, whose shingle is titled Small Dog Prods., is repped by ICM and Mosaic. The former “Modern Family” house director, who first signed with the studio in 2007, has signed a new overall pact. He’s currently at 20th as writer-director-producer on NBC’s midseason comedy “1600 Penn” and the CBS put pilot “Nerds in Love.” “His skills are kind of remarkable,” studio chair Dana Walden told Variety. “He is the whole package.” Gordon and chair Gary Newman first worked with Winer at 20th on his comedy short “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend,” which was eventually adapted into a pilot. Serving as both writing and director on “1600 Penn,” Winer said he’s using the hectic schedule as a learning tool. “It’s important to be disciplined and get ahead. That’s what I learned on ‘Modern Family,’” he said. “When I’m on set (of ’1600 Penn’), I know the story intimately. Even though I might not have as much time to prep, the story is in my bones.” “1600 Penn,” with Josh Gad, Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman, debuts Jan. 10.