Apatow tapped for JFL nod


TORONTO -- Judd Apatow, whose fingerprints as writer, producer or director have been on a string of hits that includes last summer's "Knocked Up" and "Superbad," is to be honored as Comedy Person of the Year at Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival in July.

Apatow will receive the award at Just Comedy, JFL's first-ever industry conference on comedy and entertainment. The confab is a joint effort of the Montreal festival and Achilles Media, which stages the Banff World Television Festival.

Just for Laughs in the past has featured industry panels and addresses as part of its comedy festival. The inaugural Just Comedy event will go beyond that, offering networking sessions with decision makers, panel discussions, master classes, and "In Conversation With..." sessions.