Tentative Agreement for New IPA
The Writers Guild of Canada has reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) on a new Independent Production Agreement (IPA) for Canadian screenwriters. Read the press release.
WTTV: X COMPANY Showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern
We're excited to announce a sneak preview (Feb. 9) of the upcoming CBC TV World War ll spy thriller, X COMPANY, from award-winning showrunners and Flashpoint creators Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis. Stephanie and Mark will be interviewed by WGC screenwriter Michael MacLennan (Bomb Girls, Queer as Folk), and following the screening audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. Read more for full details.
Nominations Open for Sondra Kelly Award
The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to a female screenwriter in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. This is the sixth year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), and Cheryl Foggo (2013).
The call for entries for the 2015 Sondra Kelly Award is now open, with a deadline of March 16, 2015. For full details regarding eligibility and nomination form, and to learn more about Sondra Kelly, please click here.
Showrunners Tassie Cameron and Daegan Fryklind at NATPE
WGC Showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) and Daegan Fryklind (Bitten) take part in the annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference in Miami this week.
Tassie and Daegan will be speaking as part of the conference's series, "Storytellers and the Shaping of Pop Culture."
They'll talk about showrunning their shows, as representatives of the Canadian "powerhouse," a.k.a. the impressive talent in the Canadian television industry.
Don Harron 1924-2015
Don Harron, best known by the comic alter ego he created, Charlie Farquharson, and for helping to bring the classic Canadian children's novel, Anne of Green Gables, to the stage, has died. Don Harron was famous as a performer, but he was also a writer, and a member of the Writers Guild of Canada. To learn more about Don Harron's life and career, please see the obituary at CBC.ca.
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