Portfolio Entertainment’s Willem Wennekers Makes Shortlist for Inaugural CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program

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June 28, 2017

(June 28, 2017 – Toronto, Canada)

Creator/writer Ali Badshah and writer Willem Wennekers have teamed-up for Take a Number, a workplace comedy that turns up the heat on romance and relationships. This is their first time pitching at Just For Laughs. Ali Badshah is an accomplished actor, writer, producer, director, and comedian. As an actor, his recent credits include the male lead role in Angelina Jolie’s new feature film The Breadwinner (2017), along with principal roles on Kim’s Convenience (CBC), Odd Squad (PBS), Between (Netflix), and Max and Shred (Nickelodeon/YTV). Willem Wennekers is best known as the co‐creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the adult‐animated hit Fugget About It, which follows the adventures of a New York City crime boss in witness protection in Regina, Saskatchewan. Fugget About It was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award as Best Animated Program in 2014 and an ACTRA Award for Best Vocal Performance in 2017. The show currently runs on Teletoon in Canada and as a Hulu Original in the United States.

About the program

The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program presents five never-before-seen projects from Canadian creators – in both long and short-form formats. Home to many of Canada’s hit comedy series (Schitt’s Creek, Baroness Von SketchWorkin’ MomsKim’s Convenience) and digital originals (90 Year-Old RoommateHow to Make a BabyNewborn Moms and Save Me), CBC has been a long-time Just For Laughs sponsor and broadcaster of the festival’s gala performances.

The judging panel for the pitch will include CBC Comedy team members Michelle Daly (Head of Comedy) and Zach Feldberg (Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals) and actor/director Fab Fillipo (Save Me).

Originally appeared on: http://comedypro.hahaha.com/news/cbc-comedy-originals-pitch/