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Laff fest boosts Burr

Producer to o'see scouting of USCAF acts, p'gramming

HOLLYWOOD — The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and HBO have promoted Cameron Burr to head up the fest’s talent department.

In his new post as producer, programming and talent, Burr will oversee the scouting of USCAF comedic acts while continuing to act in his present role as programming director as he has for the past three years.

Burr fills the shoes of former USCAF talent topper Judy Brown, who departed last spring to focus on her management duties at Power Entertainment. Brown joins the fest’s advisory board, comprised of several development and casting execs.

As programming director, Burr books and handles the fest’s celeb tributes, most recently the AFI Star Award to Mike Myers at last year’s ceremony.

Joining the staff will be Bart Coleman as festival talent exec and Amy Handelsman as theater consultant. Coleman previously worked as the talent producer for NBC’s “Late Friday,” while Handelsman is a former creative director of the Showtime Development Project at the Mark Taper Forum. Both will assist Burr in West Coast scouting.

Creative consultant Lou Viola and talent producer Kirsten Ames will continue their roles as the fest’s East Coast scouts.

A six-year USCAF vet, Burr came up through the fest ladder as an executive assistant to producer Stu Smiley. Burr was also the director of development for Smiley’s former HBO shingle Comedy Arts Studios.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary next year in Aspen, Colo., fest will run March 3-7.