Just For Laughs names Anton Leo Vice President, Television Development and Production

Former CBC Exec Anton Leo tapped to create new shows

MONTREAL, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Just For Laughs Group is proud to announce the hiring of Anton Leo as Vice President, Television Development and Production, effective March 1st. Anton comes to Just For Laughs from CBC TV Comedy where he has been a Creative Head, Production Executive and Executive Producer, a position which saw him oversee the Just For Laughs TV series, amongst many others. 

"The benefit of working with Anton so closely over the past few years is that we've grown together and know each other intimately," said Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs Group President, Television and Festivals. "Now with Anton on our side of the table, I'm looking forward to him driving productions, ideas and people with the same type of vision, insight and class he exhibited as a CBC exec."

Anton Leo's principal responsibilities will be to initiate and develop new television shows for the Just For Laughs group, primarily in the areas of scripted, reality, game and panel. "One of my main objectives will be to develop new ideas and shows as well as acquire new properties. I will also supervise the development process, financing and production of these new television shows," said Leo.

But that's not all. He will also develop and maintain relationships with Canadian and US conventional, specialty, pay and IP broadcasters, mobile service providers and web sites, as well as writers, comedians and, artists. As the creative lead for the galas and specials produced during the JFL Festivals, Anton will produce, recruit, hire and supervise the creative and production staff. He will also advise and participate in JFL's variety and stand-up development and production for US, UK, Australia and international markets.

"I think we're getting our money's worth," added Nulman.

While at CBC, in addition to overseeing the Just For Laughs series, Anton played a key role in bringing Canadian viewers home-grown comedy series such as Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Ron James Show, 18 To Life, Death Comes To Town, and The Tournament. "Anton has been the driving force behind comedy at CBC and is responsible for many of the great shows that make millions of Canadians laugh. Our longstanding partnership with Just for Laughs will only be strengthened by Anton's move. We wish him the very best." said Kirstine Stewart, EVP English Services, CBC.

Prior to his diverse career at our national broadcaster, Anton managed a radio station, a comedy club, performed sketch comedy across Canada and garnered rave reviews for his role as "waiter with tray" in a series of mid-70's beer commercials.

About the Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago); television production (most notably Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family Guy Live!,) and talent management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival, 29 years ago, is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and London.

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