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 all screens.


Leo Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the WGC members nominated for the upcoming Leo Awards, which celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and televison. You can view all of the nominees on the Leo Awards website — please continue reading to view the nominees in the screenwriting categories. 


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WGC Asks CRTC to Uphold Canadian Content

The Writers Guild of Canada has weighed in on the second, crucial stage of the reconsideration of the flawed CRTC decision of May 2017. In that decision, the CRTC essentially slashed private broadcaster minimum spending on Canadian programs by 40 per cent. The WGC, along with other industry groups, successfully appealed to the Cabinet of Canada, resulting in the decision being sent back to the Commission for reconsideration. Get the full story: read the press release here and the WGC's CRTC submission here.

The WGC Announces New President, Council

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce that showrunner Dennis Heaton is the WGC’s new president, elected by WGC council to serve the 2,200 members of the Guild from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020. Dennis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Vancouver; currently showrunner of the upcoming Netflix show, The Order.
 
“We’re very excited to work with Dennis,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “His showrunning experience will hold us in good stead as we go into Independent Production Agreement bargaining within the next year.” 

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners

Canadian screenwriters were in the spotlight at the 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards gala, held on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The awards were hosted by Gavin Crawford, written by Kyle Tingley and included a special tribute to the Guild's outgoing president, Jill Golick, who has made a tremendous contribution to the Writers Guild of Canada over many years. Many thanks to Jill! And, of course, congratulations to all the award winners. Please continue reading to see the complete list.


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2018 WGC Screenwriting Awards Presenters

Screenwriters are the creators behind every successful TV show, movie, and webseries, and the Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce that the guest awards presenters for the 2018 WGC Screenwriting Awards are all talented screenwriters in their own right: Alison Lea Bingeman, Marsha Greene, Rachel Langer, Joseph Kay, Cynthia Knight, Adriana Maggs, Elize Morgan, Jiro Okada, and Sugith Varughese. Find out more: read the press release. The awards are on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto; here's where you'll find ticket information.

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