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April 7, 2011
Jason Winer comes to feature films from TV's "Modern Family. " But he always dreamed that someday he'd make movies. These are three of the filmmakers who helped shape his approach to directing: Woody Allen "From an early age, I was oddly into Woody Allen — like, when I was 7 years old. From a very early age, I enjoyed watching 'Annie Hall.' I watched it again in preparation for 'Arthur' because it was another iconic New York movie. I was watching it and wondering, 'What did I possibly love about it when I was 8 years old?
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Expectations are high for this year's commencement speakers at Maryland universities - an august crew that includes the Obamas and their team of writers as well as funnyman Bill Cosby and Hollywood director Jason Winer. But to stand out - or simply be remembered - isn't a guarantee, no matter how high the profile of the speaker. "The commencement speaker has to perform. He or she has the responsibility to inspire both students and graduates to make something of their lives" without falling back on cliches, said Steven D. Cohen, managing director of the oral communication program at the University of Maryland.
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By David Zurawik | david.zurawik@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun TV critic | October 9, 2009
Jay Winer says he knew his son Jason had found his passion in 1987, after a weekend of watching the teenager play Puck in a Friends School of Baltimore production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In attendance for each of four performances, Winer and his wife, Sharyn, noticed that their son's speech and movements became slower with each staging of the play. The slowdown reached the point where after the final night's curtain, Winer asked his son if he was OK. "And you know what he said?"
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Baltimore native Jason Winer will deliver the commencement address May 10 at Stevenson University, the school announced this week. Here's the release: Baltimore-born actor and Hollywood director Jason Winer will give the keynote address at Stevenson University's 60th Commencement on Friday, May 10, 2013. Winner of the 2010 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series for the pilot of ABC's Modern Family, Winer was named one of Variety's 2011 “10 Directors to Watch.” A graduate of Baltimore's Friends School and of Northwestern University, Winer is an alumnus of Chicago's Improv Olympic Theatre and began his career as an actor, improvisor, and photographer before making the transition to directing with the short film The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend in 2005.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Baltimore native Jason Winer will deliver the commencement address May 10 at Stevenson University, the school announced this week. Here's the release: Baltimore-born actor and Hollywood director Jason Winer will give the keynote address at Stevenson University's 60th Commencement on Friday, May 10, 2013. Winner of the 2010 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series for the pilot of ABC's Modern Family, Winer was named one of Variety's 2011 “10 Directors to Watch.” A graduate of Baltimore's Friends School and of Northwestern University, Winer is an alumnus of Chicago's Improv Olympic Theatre and began his career as an actor, improvisor, and photographer before making the transition to directing with the short film The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend in 2005.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
To borrow from "A Hard Day's Night," Russell Brand is a mod, a rocker and a mocker. He's got an edgy version of elfin charm — if you can call a 6-foot-1 man elfin. Lately he's had a mocker's version of a Midas touch. He gave voice to the Easter Bunny's teenage heir in "Hop" — and the film ruled the box-office last weekend. The Russell Brand brand should get another boost Friday when he opens in his first star vehicle, "Arthur. " Credit goes to Jason Winer, his Pikesville-bred director.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
If Baltimore had a pop-culture Mount Rushmore, Barry Levinson, John Waters and David Simon would be on it. In a few months, it might be time to start clearing room for one more filmmaker. On April 8, Pikesville-bred TV comedy whiz Jason Winer makes his big-screen debut with a star-studded production of a beloved old movie: "Arthur. " The trade journal Variety has already called him "One of the top ten directors to watch. " 2010 was a powerhouse year for Winer. He executive-produced the Emmy-winning ABC comedy "Modern Family" and directed every other episode in the first season.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Talk about instant success. Baltimore native Jason Winer doesn't even have a name yet for his Hollywood production company. But he and his two co-creators, "The Book of Mormon" Broadway star Josh Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett, already have an order for 13 episodes of their first production, a new NBC sitcom titled "1600 Penn. " "I really don't know yet what it's going to be called," he says of the production company. "I'm mulling a number of names, but I honestly don't know.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Baltimore native Jason Winer knows something about family comedy. He's been an executive producer on ABC's "Modern Family" and won a Directors Guild Award for his direction of the hit series' Emmy Award-winning pilot. This week, "1600 Penn," a family sitcom about a fictional first family that he co-created, joins NBC's Thursday night lineup. (A sneak preview of the pilot aired in December.) On Wednesday, Winer and the cast will be guests at the real White House where the series will be screened for President Obama.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
Performers and directors with strong Baltimore ties had a field day as Emmy nominations were announced Thursday in Los Angeles. The nominees included actor Julie Bowen and writer Robin Veith, as well as two generations of Baltimore-bred directors in Barry Levinson and Jason Winer. Bowen and Winer were at the heart of one of the biggest stories of the nominations: a major shift in TV comedy represented by "Glee" and "Modern Family" leading the comedy field with 19 and 14 nominations, respectively.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Baltimore native Jason Winer knows something about family comedy. He's been an executive producer on ABC's "Modern Family" and won a Directors Guild Award for his direction of the hit series' Emmy Award-winning pilot. This week, "1600 Penn," a family sitcom about a fictional first family that he co-created, joins NBC's Thursday night lineup. (A sneak preview of the pilot aired in December.) On Wednesday, Winer and the cast will be guests at the real White House where the series will be screened for President Obama.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
NBC is promoting "1600 Penn," a midseason sitcom from Baltimore native Jason Winer, as " 'Modern Family' meets 'The West Wing.' " Forget "The West Wing" part. After seeing three episodes, including the pilot that premieres with a sneak preview at 9:30 p.m. Monday, after "The Voice," I can tell you that this series is going to sink or swim as a family sitcom. And how much viewers like or don't like it as a family series is mainly going to depend on their reaction to Josh Gad, the Broadway star of "The Book of Mormon" who plays the screw-up son of the president of the United States (Bill Pullman)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Baltimore native Jason Winer signed a new deal with 20th Century as NBC announced a premiere date for his sitcom, "1600 Penn," according to the trade publication Variety . The deal will keep the Friends School graduate writing-producing and directing at 20th Century Fox where he's been since 2007. During that time, he won a Directors Guild Award for his work on the pilot of "Modern Family," while an executive producer on that series. Winer's new series, "1600 Penn," will premiere Jan. 10 on what is now the top-ranked prime time network.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2012
At first glance, it might not seem like much, two men calling ABC's “Modern Family” one of their favorite TV shows. But when one is the Democratic president of the United States and the other his Republican challenger, you have to wonder if there isn't something special about the show that recently finished its third season as the most popular in prime time among young adult viewers. Last week, The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both like iPads, grilled chicken, process-driven decisions and “Modern Family.” The shared sitcom is the item on the list that intrigues me. Everyone knows “Modern Family” is funny, winning and wise.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Talk about instant success. Baltimore native Jason Winer doesn't even have a name yet for his Hollywood production company. But he and his two co-creators, "The Book of Mormon" Broadway star Josh Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett, already have an order for 13 episodes of their first production, a new NBC sitcom titled "1600 Penn. " "I really don't know yet what it's going to be called," he says of the production company. "I'm mulling a number of names, but I honestly don't know.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
It's pilot pickup time in Hollywood, and Baltimore's Jason Winer got some good news yesterday with an order from NBC for 13 episodes of "1600 Penn," a political comedy that he co-created, directs and executive produces. The series will introduced as a midseason replacement when NBC introduces its new fall lineup Monday in New York on the first day of the upfronts.   The other creators and executive producers are Jon Lovett, a former White House speech writer, and Josh Gad, from "The Book of Mormon, who also co-stars.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | October 11, 2009
Jay Winer says he knew his son Jason had found his passion in 1987, after a weekend of watching the teenager play Puck in a Friends School of Baltimore production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In attendance for each of four performances, Winer and his wife, Sharyn, noticed that their son's speech and movements became slower with each staging of the play. The slowdown reached the point where after the final night's curtain, Winer asked his son if he was OK. "And you know what he said?"
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By David Zurawik and Yvonne Villarreal | November 22, 2011
Jason Winer was directing Julie Bowen on first episode of "Modern Family" when inspiration struck. "In the initial draft, Julie's character was described as mildly controlling and neurotic," Winer says of the suburban sitcom mom. "But what she didn't have in that draft was this idea that she was formerly a bad girl who had kind of reformed herself. " Winer thought the extra history could add an important dimension to Bowen's Claire Dunphy — and make a difference to the story featuring her teenage daughter, Haley, who just starting dating.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
The Sun Magazine will be tucked inside your Sunday Sun. Jill Rosen takes you inside Chazz Palminteri's Bedford, N.Y. home. Palminteri, of course, is the name behind Chazz: A Bronx Original , a contemporary Italian restaurant that opened this spring on Aliceanna Street. He's lending more than just his name, of course. There are a few glimpses, which didn't make it into the magazine, of Palminteri's wine cellar. Also in the magazine, David Zurawik takes readers behind the scenes of the "Modern Family" set in Los Angeles for a visit with Emmy winners and Baltimore natives.
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By David Zurawik and Yvonne Villarreal | November 22, 2011
Jason Winer was directing Julie Bowen on first episode of "Modern Family" when inspiration struck. "In the initial draft, Julie's character was described as mildly controlling and neurotic," Winer says of the suburban sitcom mom. "But what she didn't have in that draft was this idea that she was formerly a bad girl who had kind of reformed herself. " Winer thought the extra history could add an important dimension to Bowen's Claire Dunphy — and make a difference to the story featuring her teenage daughter, Haley, who just starting dating.
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