SWISS FIRM EYES JUST FOR LAUGHS

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS -

MON­TREAL — Swiss-based pro­duc­tion firm GF Pro­duc­tions is ex­press­ing in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing the Just For Laughs en­ter­tain­ment com­pany with the aim of cre­at­ing a global en­tity.

One week ago, Just For Laughs man­dated RBC Cap­i­tal Mar­kets to look into the var­i­ous pos­si­ble op­tions sur­round­ing the sale of founder Gil­bert Ro­zon’s shares in the com­edy fes­ti­val.

Ro­zon, 63, re­cently an­nounced he would sell all his shares amid al­le­ga­tions he sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted 10 women as re­ported by and 98.5 FM.

Gre­goire Fur­rer, founder and owner of GF Pro­duc­tions, says he wants to cre­ate an in­ter­na­tional com­edy group and says band­ing to­gether is es­sen­tial for the fu­ture of the busi­ness.

“I am con­vinced that the transat­lantic link is es­sen­tial, in the dig­i­tal age, to de­velop the largest in­ter­na­tional com­edy group,” he said in a state­ment Mon­day.

PAUL BATTAGLIA / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Sev­eral univer­si­ties in the United States have tried to dis­suade stu­dents from wear­ing cul­tur­ally stereo­typ­i­cal out­fits, pro­mot­ing su­per­hero and other in­of­fen­sive cos­tumes in their place.

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