M. Blair Breard

Ms. Breard, based in New York, has been the Executive Producer for all five seasons of the award winning comedy series, LOUIE, written, directed by, and starring Louis C.K. She also produced Louis C.K. Live from the Beacon Theater, Louis C.K. Oh My God for HBO, and Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store. This winter, she produced Horace and Pete, an original series for the web, written, directed by, and starring Louis C.K. Ms. Breard is also the Executive Producer, with Louis C.K., on Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis, on Better Things, created by and starring Pamela Adlon, and on One Mississippi, created by Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody.

Her work in film began with John Sayles’ Passion Fish. Since then, she has produced, and/or served as the UPM on a number of projects with a variety of directors. Notable amongst them were I Shot Andy Warhol, written and directed by Mary Harron, starring Lili Taylor, nominated for Sundance and Independent Spirit Awards; the Indie cult favorite Pootie Tang, written and directed by Louis C.K., starring Chris Rock; the critically acclaimed Margaret, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, and Mark Ruffalo, Margot at the Wedding, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black, nominated for Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards. Ms. Breard’s most recent film project was The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, directed by Academy Award-nominated Michael Roskam.

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Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard., sponsored by VER

In this session, we bring together a collection of some of the business’ most talented and experienced comic storytellers to talk about the painstaking process of creating work that, at its best, feels fresh, effortless and inspired.

Session Panelists

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Chris Rock

Everybody Hates Chris, Good Hair; Director: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo