Comedy fest's conference names him director of the year

Helmer Jay Roach will receive the Comedy Director of the Year Award at the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference, which runs July 15-17 in Montreal, in conjunction with the comedy fest of the same name.

Roach’s latest pic, “Dinner for Schmucks,” is due this summer.

The conference also announced some panelists for the Pitch ‘Til Your Sides Split program. The panelists in the multi-platform web series pitch category include My Damn Channel CEO Rob Barnett, CollegeHumor/Notional CEO Ricky Van Veen and Andra Sheffer, exec director of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

TV pitch panelists include Cartoon Network VP of comedy development Nick Weidenfeld and Anton Leo, creative head of comedy at CBC-TV.

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