Abbott, Lorre on Banff wagon


TORONTO -- The Banff World Television Festival on Friday added veteran showrunners Paul Abbott and Chuck Lorre to its upcoming master class lineup.

Lorre -- whose sitcom credits include "Dharma & Greg," "Two and a Half Men" and "Grace Under Fire" -- will offer career lessons in Banff, as will Abbot, whose BBC political thriller "State of Play" is being adapted for a Universal Pictures' feature release in 2008. Abbot's other credits include "Cracker" and "Shameless."

The duo join previously announced master class participants including Greg Daniels, executive producer of NBC's "The Office," and Rob Thomas, creator and executive producer of "Veronica Mars."

The Banff World Television Festival runs June 10-13 in the Canadian Rockies.