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Creative Director – ComedyPRO & ComedyCON

Creative Director – ComedyPRO & ComedyCON

Website Just For Laughs

CREATIVE DIRECTOR – COMEDYPRO & COMEDYCON, JUST FOR LAUGHS

 

Just for Laughs is seeking a Creative Director for our ComedyPRO and ComedyCON events – a rare opportunity to join the Just for Laughs festival team in a permanent, full-time position.

Working closely with the VP of Festivals and President of Just for Laughs, the Creative Director will oversee, grow and develop our flagship properties, ComedyPRO (a large-scale industry conference in Montréal) and ComedyCON (a large-scale fan convention in Toronto). With the support of a dedicated team, this position will oversee all aspects of ComedyPRO and ComedyCON to ensure the events are delivered to high standard of success as well as creating a strategy to grow and develop these properties to their full potential. The successful applicant will have a knowledge of the North American comedy industry as well as previous similar experience in delivering and producing for large scale industry and/or fan-based events. They will possess a strong strategic and creative vision, the ability to lead and motivate a team as well as the ability to multi-task and function in time-sensitive and high-pressured situations.  The applicant should be prepared to work long hours.

Duration: This is a full-time position, starting January/February 2022

Location: Montreal, QC (flexible for the right candidate)

Responsibilities include the following, for both ComedyPRO & ComedyCON:

  • Possess a vision for growing ComedyPRO to be a leading comedy industry conference and ComedyCON to be a leading comedy fan convention paired with the experience to execute their vision;
  • Possess experience in putting together live events, especially conferences and conventions, including experience in booking industry panels, cast panels, in conversations, keynotes, podcasts, pitch panels and more;
  • Possess experience in the North American comedy industry with a knowledge of current trends and a passion for the future of the industry;
  • With the support of a dedicated team, oversee the planning and operations of ComedyPRO (Montreal) and ComedyCON (Toronto);
  • Oversee and contribute to the programming of ComedyPRO (Montreal) and ComedyCON (Toronto) by managing a team of programmers and executing high-level bookings when required;
  • Sell B2B sponsorship, branded activations and partnerships for ComedyPRO;
  • With the support of the Producer, oversee the marketing and pass sales for ComedyPRO and ComedyCON;
  • Oversee the creation and management of the budgets for ComedyPRO and ComedyCON;
  • Oversee and produce the Just For Laughs Awards Show, and other special events as part of ComedyPRO;
  • Oversee an exhibitor floor, onsite activations, industry and talent cocktails/parties;
  • Possess strong skills in producing events with high-level star talent;
  • Oversee film programming for all events and festivals. This includes red-carpet premieres, independent films and short films;
  • Oversee TV cast panel bookings for all events and festivals;
  • Actively stay informed of current trends and markets within the comedy and entertainment businesses, with the ability to apply these to the properties they oversee;
  • Possess solid relationships with North American studios, distributors, networks, streaming services, publicists, agents and managers.

As well as everything logically, implicitly, and incidentally related thereto.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have:

  • 5 -10 years of experience in a similar live event and/or arts management context such as fan expos, industry conferences and/or comedy;
  • 5+ years of experience in the comedy industry, with knowledge of current trends and a passion for contributing to the North American scene;
  • The ability to creatively vision and think strategically in order to grow and develop multiple properties and keep them relevant;
  • Strong industry connections throughout North America that will benefit the vision and growth of the ComedyPRO & ComedyCON properties;
  • Experience in producing and event operations for large scale festivals and/or events;
  • Experience hiring, managing and motivating a team;
  • Experience managing a budget of minimum $750,000;
  • Bilingualism; English and French is an asset;
  • Excellent organization skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work;
  • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a broader organizational team;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines;
  • Capacity to work long hours, as needed;
  • Professionalism, maturity, and sensitivity to confidential information;
  • An understanding of the Just For Laughs brand and history;

A genuine love of comedy and a passion for growth and creativity!

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