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Inside Track Series
#4: Agents & Managers

JOE PORT A 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joe Port is a TV comedy writer and producer with a long line of impressive credits to his name. Along with his partner Joe Wiseman, he has served on the writing staffs of shows including New Girl, The Office, Just Shoot Me and Howard Stern's Son of the Beach. He has also written and produced numerous original pilots, including one ordered to series in 2007 (NBC's The IT Crowd, starring Joel McHale) and last season’s Family Album for Fox, starring Mike O'Malley and directed by Shawn Levy. Port and his writing partner, who are under a two year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Studios, most recently wrote Rebounding, an original pilot about "a guy recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team." It is based on events in Port's own life. It was just picked up to be shot for the Fox network, with Jason Winer (Modern Family) set to direct and Steve Levitan, co-creator of Modern Family, on board as an executive producer. Port started out as a political cartoonist in college, but turned to writing when he learned that only about five political cartoonists in the entire country make any money. He loves the Steelers and has a dog named Rooney.