From NBC, the network that brought us The West Wing, comes 1600 Penn, a family comedy set at the White House. The network bought pre-emptively the single-camera comedy — from Book Of Mormon star Josh Gad, Modern Family director Jason Winer and former speechwriter to President Barack Obama Jon Lovett — with a put pilot commitment. Gad, Winer and Lovett co-created the project, about a dysfunctional family that just happens to live at the most famous address in America, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 20th Century Fox TV, where Winer is under an overall deal, is producing. The premise originated with Winer and longtime friend Gad bouncing around possible series ideas until they settled on the First Family comedy setup. They knew they needed a writer and turned to 20th TV. Conveniently, the studio had signed a script deal with former Obama speechwriter Lovett, who had taken meetings indicating that he wanted to get into the half-hour scripted comedy business. 20th TV got the trio together and they honed the idea for 1600 Penn. All three will executive produce, with Lovett writing the script and Winer attached to direct. In addition to 1600 Penn, Gad is writing and executive producing another comedy project for NBC, about a family on the road, through Universal TV and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez. He is with ICM and Brillstein Entertainment. Winer, repped by ICM and Mosaic, also has comedy project Sneaky People, which he is executive producing/directing, in contention at ABC. Lovett is with CAA and Mosaic.
NBC Buys Comedy About The First Family From Josh Gad, Jason Winer & Jon Lovett
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