Ivan Reitman joins comedy incubator

Will mentor participants at Toronto-based film school

TORONTO -- Veteran comedy producers Jimmy Miller ("Step Brothers"), Ivan Reitman, Tai Duncan, Len Blum and Alan Blomquist ("Blue Collar Comedy Tour") have joined a Canadian comedy incubator as mentors.

The veteran Hollywood players are to develop features as part of a theatrical comedy lab launched by Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Center (CFC) in Toronto, Montreal's Just For Laughs festival and Telefilm Canada, the federal government's film financier.

Headed up by Eugene Levy, the comedy incubator in November will begin developing five original Canadian feature comedies for production in 2011.

The selected projects include the workplace-comedy "Servitude" from writer/producer Michael Sparaga and director Warren P. Sonoda, the romantic comedy "That Burning Feeling" from writer Nicolas Citton and producer/director Jason James, and the edgy comedy "Ramington's: Men Of Steel," from writer Sacha Pavlovic and producer Mark Montefiore.

Also tapped for hot-house development is the comedy western "Saddlebags" by writer Christine Lippa and producers Elizabeth Yake and Angela Heck and the female comedy "Two Of Me" from writer/director Mina Shum and producer Stephen Hegyes.

The CFC separately partnered with NBC Universal to develop homegrown TV series 20 years after Canadian director Jewison launched the Toronto-based film school.