Jason Winer (Director, Producer, Writer) received the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for “Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series” for the pilot of ABC’s comedy hit “Modern Family”. He served as the producing director of the show’s first season, for which he received Emmy, Peabody, PGA, and AFI Awards. He has now directed 19 episodes of the series and earned a second directing Emmy nomination for his episode, “Virgin Territory.”
Winer made his feature directorial debut in 2011 with “Arthur,” starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren. He currently serves as the producing director on CBS’s hit comedy “Life in Pieces,” for which he also directed the pilot.
His other television credits include creating and executive producing the NBC series “1600 PENN” and directing and executive producing CBS’s “The Crazy Ones”. Before that he wrote and directed several highly regarded pilots for CBS, FOX and ABC, including “Giants of Radio” and “This Might Hurt.” He also directed the pilot for “Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23,” which ran for two seasons on ABC.
A graduate of Northwestern University, double majoring in Performance Studies and Photography, Winer honed his improv skills in the acclaimed comedy group, “The Mee-Ow Show,” a launch pad to past alumni such as Julia Louis Dreyfus and Seth Meyers. Winer is also an alumnus of the Improv Olympic Theatre in Chicago. He began his career as an actor, improviser, and photographer before making the transition to directing.
Winer’s production shingle, Small Dog Picture Co., is based at 20th Century Fox.
Jason has made commercials for such brands but not limited to Yoplait, Oscar Myer, Walmart & Sunrun.