Just for Laughs to honor Jay Roach

To be named Director of the Year at comedy conference

TORONTO -- Jay Roach, best known for his "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" comedy franchises, is to receive the Comedy Director of the Year Award at the upcoming Just for Laughs comedy conference, organizers said Tuesday.

The yukfest also tapped My Damn Channel CEO Rob Barnett, Ricky Van Veen, CEO of College Humor/Notional, and Andra Sheffer, executive director of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, to judge selected multiplatform web projects as part of the Pitch 'Til Your Sides Split sidebar in Montreal.

And Nick Weidenfeld, vp of comedy development at the Cartoon Network and Anton Leo, creative head of CBC TV comedy are on board to field TV show pitches from show runners, producers and performers.

The Just for Laughs comedy conference is set to run from July 15 to 17.