Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.


WGC Response to Geist's "Can CanCon Compete"

Michael Geist accurately describes the Writers Guild of Canada’s response to his blog post, “Canadian TV in the Netflix Age?”, as strongly worded. It’s strongly worded because poor, incomplete analysis is extremely frustrating.  
 
In Geist’s May 25th blog post, “Can CanCon Compete? A Response to the WGC on the Future of Canadian TV Production”, Geist continues to either misunderstand or misrepresent the scale and impact that a $40 million annual decrease in broadcaster spending on programs of national interest (PNI) would have.

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Open Letter to Michael Geist from the Writers Guild of Canada

Michael Geist, in his capacity as law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce Law, regularly writes about the Canadian television industry, on his blog and elsewhere. And while he is of course entitled to his opinions, it is unfortunate that time and time again he reveals a deep lack of understanding of how that industry works. Most recent case in point, in a blog post titled: Canadian TV in the Netflix Age: In Defence of the CRTC Television Licencing Decision

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Writers Talk TV with Bellvue's Jane Maggs

The WGC is proud to present Writers Talk TV with Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs in conversation with fellow screenwriter James Hurst, on Thursday June 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bellevue is a mystery set in a small town, starring Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, a cop whose intense personality has always been at odds with her hometown. Find out about the show's creation and writing at Writers Talking TV.
 
What: Bellevue co-showrunner on screenwriting; episode screening; audience Q&A.
When: June 8, 2017, 7 p.m. [Doors open at 6:30]
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4.
RSVP: Free and open to the public, but to make sure you get a seat, RSVP to Elizabeth Ingold, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

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CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing. 
 
“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.”
 
View the whole press release here.
 

WGC Members Nominated for Rockies

Many WGC members have had work nominated for the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards program competition — congratulations to all of the writers involved. You can find out more about the Rockies here. Please click "read more" to see the entire list of WGC members' nominations. 

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