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Friday, August 10, 2012

JFL Comedy Conference winners

This Week in Press Releases brings you news from Montreal, where three lucky (and talented) artists struck comedy gold. Congratulations to Mark Little, Dan Beirne and Andrew Bush.

ComedyConference_Logo Awards Development Deal to
Just For Laughs Web Competition Winner
The NYTVF Invites the Just For Laughs TV Winner to Participate as
an “Official Artist” in the New York Television Festival in October

August 10, 2012, Montreal, QC.The Amazing Tales of Mr. Evans created by Mark Little and Dan Beirne has been selected by as the project designated to receive a development deal. The winner will also receive the opportunity to become a YouTube Partner. Custodial created by Andrew Bush has been selected as the winner which will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the New York Television Festival from October 22–27, 2012.
Both winners were selected after web and TV pitch competitions, presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, at the recent Just For Laughs Comedy Conference. The Conference is a 3-day event held during the Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, in Montreal, Canada. The festival is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming close to 2 million people each summer. Head of Video Michael Swaim led a panel of three judges during the web series pitch session, where five shows were presented before a packed crowd of comedy pros. The judges also included Spencer Griffin,
Executive Producer and Vice President of Production at CollegeHumor and JC Cangilla, Director of Business Development at Yahoo!

Dan Pasternack, Vice President of Development and Production at IFC, Sarah Fowlie, Director of Independent Production for Comedy at Bell Media, David Bernad, Producer of Enlightened, and Monika Zielinska, Director of Development at Comedy Central presided over the TV pitch session – From Set to Screen: The Sitcom Search. Five shows competed for the coveted prize of being selected as an Official Artist at the next New York Television Festival.
About the Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has four business units: Festivals, in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Sydney; television production, Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines and Stand-up Specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and Noth American dates for Family Guy Live!; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 1,25 million people each summer. The Festival will be celebrating its 30th Anniversarry in 2012. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and a small apartment on the Internet.

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