Just For Laughs muscles up on TV production, hires Spencer Griffin to head it

Just For Laughs, under new ownership over the past year, has gotten more and more involved in additional projects outside of its well-known comedy festivals.

JFL recently launched an original web series, “It’s A Date!” starring Jessie Jolles.

And now JFL has a new head of TV development in Spencer Griffin.

Griffin’s responsibilities will include soliciting, procuring and developing new properties with both new and established talent. He comes to JFL after heading up live-action development and production for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, where he shepherded Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Crackle’s Supermansion. Before that, he was senior vice president of Big Breakfast. His EP credits include TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything, PopTV’s Hot Date, YouTube’s CollegeHumor, IFC’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, MTV’s The Middle of the Night Show.

“Nobody knows comedy talent like JFL and, in my unbiased opinion, they’ve done it again. In all seriousness, I’m thrilled for this new role and excited to get started,” Griffin said.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Spencer joining our team,” shared Charles Décarie, President and CEO of Groupe Juste pour rire. “Just For Laughs prides itself on developing high quality comedy-related television content, and we can’t wait for Spencer to get started on some of these new projects on the horizon.”

Added JFL President Bruce Hills: “Spencer is an incredible addition to our growing team, bringing unrivaled experience, creativity and vision to our TV department. With a plethora of comedy-related TV content available for audiences to watch, adding Spencer’s expertise, drive and tenacity to the table is hugely beneficial for us, and crucial to our growth.”

Sean L. McCarthy

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