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Just For Laughs ComedyPRO and CBC Comedy Team-Up for CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program

May 1, 2017

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May 1, 2017 [Montreal, PQ] — Just For Laughs and CBC Comedy are looking for the funniest new voices in Canadian comedy with the announcement of the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program — an open-forum pitch event which takes place Thursday, July 27th during the leading industry event of the comedy business – Just For Laughs ComedyPRO.

The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program will offer five selected Canadian creator and producer teams the opportunity to pitch their original web or TV concepts to a panel of senior development executives and key creatives from CBC Comedy.

The event is open to Canadians, 18 years of age and over. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017. For details and guidelines visit: http://comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions/.

“Just For Laughs ComedyPRO has been the birthplace of several successful CBC Comedy Original Series, says Paul Ronca, Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development at Just For Laughs. “It seems only natural that we should be partnering with the CBC to develop this program as a platform for Canadian comedy talent.”

”We’re looking forward to collaborating with Just For Laughs again this year to find the best ideas and comedy content in Canada,” said Michelle Daly, senior director, comedy, CBC scripted content. “We’ve seen huge success with the shows we’ve launched to date and an open-forum pitch event like this is the perfect place to find more.”

Series that have originated from Just For Laughs ComedyPRO include hit CBC digital original comedies My 90-Year-Old-Roommate and Newborn Moms.

All interested applicants will be considered for both the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch as well as the relevant short or long-form Stand Up & Pitch pitch programs. The deadline for Stand Up & Pitch has been extended to May 15 to accommodate the new program. Guidelines are posted at http://comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions/.

The CBC will also host ‘CBC Comedy Funny Lunch’ where delegates can meet Canadian comics, creators and representatives from CBC Comedy.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 26 – 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of the 35th annual Just for Laughs Festival, which takes place from July 12 – 31st, 2017.

About ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About the Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: make people happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and are all connected to each other via the Internet.

About CBC/Radio-Canada:
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multi-platform programming and events across Canada.

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