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Ahead of their appearance on the Just for Laughs web series pitch panel, VP of programming Andy Signore and head writer Spencer Gilbert speak on how to create the Next Big Thing.

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JFL, IAWTV partner to expand pitch program

Just for Laughs is partnering with the International Academy of Web TV to expand “Pitch ‘Til Your Sides Split” for web comedies. (Save our Skins pictured)

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Just For Laughs partners with Maker Studios

The deal builds on existing agreements JFL has with Canadian ‘casters and includes a new website and YouTube channel. (Pictured: JFL’s Gags)

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CFC announces three teams for comedy exchange

The producer-writer teams will be mentored by high-profile comedy execs and talent, with the goal of increasing the strength of their feature comedies for the international marketplace.

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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.