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Just For Laughs festival to produce 40 hours of TV programming

The Comedy Network, Corus, City and the CBC have ordered one-hour and half-hour stand-up comedy specials from the Montreal-based chuckles factory.

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TMN, Movie Central unveil 2013 production slate

The slate features six Canadian productions, including half-hour comedy Sensitive Skin, starring Kim Cattrall (pictured) and Don McKellar, who also directs.

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Kenny Hotz performs first stand-up set in front of a live audience

The Kenny vs. Spenny star took to the stage at Cafe Cleopatra as Canadians make the running at the prestigious Just For Laughs international comedy festival.

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CFC, JFL and Telefilm launch new Comedy Exchange

The new initiative, replacing the Features Comedy Lab, will put a deeper emphasis on boosting Canadian projects south of the border and developing relationships in the U.S. marketplace.

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Bell Media gets Satisfaction, Spun Out pilots for CTV

The company’s Comedy Network unveiled a large multi-year deal with Just For Laughs (pictured), though the CBC confirms it maintains its usual JFL programming.

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Just For Laughs unveils film festival lineup

Short films by Canadian directors Mark Slutsky (pictured, Sorry Rabbi), Adam Reider, A.J. Korkidakis, Martin Thibaudeau and Louis-Thomas Pelletier made it into this year’s July 23 to 28 Montreal showcase.

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JFL42 kicks off this fall

A new interactive comedy festival from the founders of the Just for Laughs Festival will be headlined by Louis CK in Toronto this fall.

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Harold Greenberg Fund backs three short films as possible features

Gebriel Deneke’s Cul-de-Sac, Kim Miller-Pryce’s Baby Half Lie and Kobi Ntiri’s Fading will now be developed as possible feature-length dramas after they were finalists in Toronto’s City Life Film Project.

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Harold Greenberg Fund to launch $1,000 short film award at Just for Laughs

The fund’s English-language program president John Galway tells Playback that the prize aims to boost support and success for comedic short filmmakers in Canada.

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Jason Reitman, Nia Vardalos and John Landis lined up for Telefilm Canada’s Hollywood comedy bootcamp

Participants in the Just For Laughs-backed Canadian Film Centre program are also being mentored by Zanne Devine, Anne Fletcher and Kirsten Smith.