Jason Winer in two-year pact

MUMBAI: Jason Winer has inked a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Under the seven-figure pact, Winer will serve as co-executive producer for Modern Family in addition to developing, writing, producing and directing other projects for the studio.

It was five years ago when studio brass invited Winer to develop his short The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friends into a TV series.

Winer went on to land three consecutive pilot orders in as many years with the single-camera Guy at Fox, Giants of Radio at CBS and This Might Hurt at ABC.

"Ultimately, everything came together as beautifully as it can in Modern Family for which he took a really funny and innovative script and, through his directing, took it to another level, gave it freshness and authenticity," 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said.

The plan for Winer is to write as well as probably supervise a couple of scripts by other scribes and get attached to direct existing 20th projects.

In 2006, Winer made news when he took the $150,000 he got from 20th TV to write a script and used it to film the full-length semi-scripted pilot "Giants," which was picked up by CBS for fall consideration along with its far more expensive traditionally produced comedy pilots.

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