Just For Laughs' Anton Leo Bolts to WestWind Pictures

The veteran Canadian TV exec is to spearhead series development at the maker of "Little Mosque on the Prairie."

TORONTO -- Anton Leo has left the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal to spearhead TV development at Canadian indie producer WestWind Pictures.

Toronto-based WestWind, best known for its Little Mosque on the Prairie sitcom on the CBC, is looking to diversify away from lifestyle programming and into new genres, including kids and youth fare.

Before work at Just For Laughs as vp of TV, Leo was a creative head of comedy at the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, where he worked with WestWind to develop Little Mosque, a fish-out-of-water comedy about Muslim-Canadians in a Prairie town.

"Having worked with Anton for six years when he was a broadcaster, I know he’s the perfect fit for us”, Mary Darling, executive producer at WestWind, said.

“He brings experience, a proven ability to bring projects to life and a well-deserved reputation for both creativity and fair-dealing,” she added.

WestWind is looking to gain traction in Los Angeles developing TV product with American partners.

The Canadian producer earlier set up Little Mosque at 20th Century Fox TV for an American overhaul.

Darling said WestWind is looking to pitch more sitcoms at the U.S. networks and cable channels, with Leo on board.

And the Canadian producer has had conversations with European broadcasters about Little Mosque as a potential format.