Celebrate Canada's Screenwriters: WGC Awards
The WGC Screenwriting Awards, held at the elegant Koerner Hall in Toronto, take place on April 27, 2015. The awards are hosted by writer, actor, and comedian Ryan Belleville, and are co-written with stand-up/sketch comedian Jeremy Woodcock. The WGC Screenwriting Awards have a unique focus: it’s all about screenwriter and script. Guest presenters include X Company’s Connor Price, Sunnyside’s Patrice Goodman, and Saving Hope's Wendy Crewson. They will be joined onstage by showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company), Gary Pearson (Sunnyside), and Adam Pettle (Saving Hope). Please read the press release here, and get ticket information here.
Nova Scotia Government’s Film Tax Credit Slash
The WGC issued a press release today protesting the Nova Scotia government’s decision to cut the Film Industry Tax Credit, essentially reducing its value by 75%. The province’s Liberal government has stated that Nova Scotia had among the most generous provincial tax credits in the country, but now it will have among the least effective. While 75% of the tax credit will remain as a non-refundable credit, this portion is unlikely to be available for what tax credits are used for: financing production.
Please read the press release for more information.
New IPA Now Online
The new Independent Production Agreement, negotiated by the WGC, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM), is now available online as a PDF document. This agreement sets the terms of engagement until December 31, 2017. (Contracts dated March 16, 2015 or after will fall under the new agreement. Contracts dated before will still be governed by the prior agreement, regardless of when they go into production.) Please have a look under the "Agreement & Signatories" menu tab for the full document.
Factual TV Writers’ Mixer
WGC hosts a factual TV writers’ mixer in Toronto on April 9. If you are a Toronto member who works in the factual sector, please come mingle with other writer colleagues (and enjoy some free drinks and snacks while you’re at it). Members are encouraged to bring other factual writers along to the event. Non-members are also welcome. Please see details below:
CMF 2015-16 Program Guidelines, Budget
On March 30, the Canada Media Fund released its 2015-2016 program guidelines and budget. There was good news on the budget front, with a 2% increase in the CMF’s program allocation, from $368 million to $375.2 million. While a positive development, the CMF reported that the boost came from “underspending in some 2014-2015 programs, revenues from tangible benefits and one-time adjustments of revenues from broadcast distribution undertakings (BDU) in 2014-2015.”
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