Schedule

LAUGHING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS: A FOCUS ON COMEDY PROGRAMMING FOR TV

Thursday, July 26
1545 - 1630 (3:45 - 4:30 PM)

Location: Hyatt Regency - Inspiration Room, Level 6
Address: 1255 Rue Jeanne Mance, Montreal, QC, H5B 1E5

It seems like more TV networks and cable outlets are specializing in comedy lately: HBO, FOX, NBC, CBS, truTV, TBS, and IFC have all stepped up their comedy production and acquisition. Is being funny the fastest route to being a surefire money-maker? Is comedy cheaper/easier/faster/more lucrative than drama or reality? Is it the social aspect of comedy fans engaging more with comedy stars? Are comedies better for advertisers? And have the lines between drama and comedy blurred so much that dramedies and dark comedies are the new normal? In this panel, we’ll learn how comedy makes dollars and sense in this fragmented media market.

Moderator: Richard Crouse (Host of the CTV talk show Pop Life)

Panelists:
K.P. Anderson (President/CEO, Pygmy Wolf Productions, Ltd.)
Alec Botnick (SVP Comedy Development, CBS Television Studios)
Colin Davis (Senior Director, Comedy Programming & Development, TBS)
Samata Narra (Senior Vice President, Comedy Development and Programming, FOX)
David Sleven (VP, Comedy Development, NBC)
Christine Walters (Executive Producer, Original Programming & Development, truTV)

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Access: ALL pass holders are allowed into this event