EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s third consecutive overall pact at Sony TV where she has been based for the past four years, working as a co-executive producer on the studio’s comedy series Community and Happy Endings. This development season Winston has a half-hour pilot, Happy Valley, aka untitled Hilary Winston project, in contention at NBC.
Winston segued to Sony after getting her break on NBC/20th TV’s My Name Is Earl, which she joined right after the pilot and stayed on for the comedy’s entire four-season run. On the feature side, Winston is adapting her book My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, which is coming out in paperback in May, for Paramount, with Lorne Michaels producing. Winston is with UTA and attorney Jared Levine.