The Just For Laughs Group announces a number of strategic partnerships in North America, China and England

An evolution in the creation of world-wide comedic content

MONTREAL, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Just For Laughs Group is proud to announce that 2011 begins with a bang, with the announcement of a series of new television partnerships within the strategic markets of North America, China, and England. These deals confirm the continued progression of the Just For Laughs brand and the sustained interest that it garners worldwide from television producers and broadcasters.

For Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs Group President - Festivals and Television, it is the confirmation that the Group is a leader in the creation of comedic content worldwide. "We specialize in laughter and have access to first-class International talent. These deals will enable us to evolve on many levels, in particular our role in the production of shows and the strengthening of our relationships. By combining our forces with the specialized expertise of some of the industry's leaders, we are very optimistic for the future of our television activities."

The partnerships

North America
Entertainment One (eOne)
Creation and development of a scripted comedy series with Canada's largest producer of independent television content. eOne Television is gaining worldwide recognition as one of the television industry's foremost creators, producers and international distributors of premium TV programming spanning all genres.

CBC
Extension of the Just For Laughs Gags for one season and the renewal for an additional season. Seen in 135 countries and aired on 95 airlines, the 30-minute Gags shows will be back for a total of 39 episodes on the network.

Country Music Television (CMT)
Airing of the Just For Laughs Gags shows. For the first time, they will be available across Canada on this network.

China
CCTV3
Presentation of a special 90-minute show filmed at the last Toronto Just For Laughs Festival. Presented entirely in Mandarin for this network which reaches 120 million viewers, this unique show marks the first foray in China for the Just For Laughs Group.

England
Channel 5 and Fiver
Presentation of eight 30-minute stand-up shows on this English broadcaster which attracts an audience of over 30 million viewers.

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!, Arturo Brachetti's show Change in London); and talent management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival, 28 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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Information:
David Heurtel
Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs
514 845-3155, poste 2395
dheurtel@hahaha.com


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