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Sundance: Tribeca Film Nabs Kevin Pollak’s ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Documentary

Tribeca Film has nabbed North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy” in advance of its world premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film offers up a who’s who of comic greats such as Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Steve Coogan, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon and looks at what inspired them to get into the business of making people laugh.

The comedy circuit is a world that Pollack — a stand-up comedian and actor from films such as “Grumpy Old Men” and “A Few Good Men” — understands intimately.

Tribeca is targeting a 2015 spring release.

The film, a Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production, is written by Pollak and John Vorhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, Burton Ritchie and Barry Katz. Ben Galecki, Ashton Newhall, Liz Davidson and Jess Ravich are the executive producers.

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Alison Diviney, manager of acquisitions, along with Nick Savva, vice president of acquisitions, and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. A sales price was not disclosed.

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