WGC Writers Block Award
The Writers Block Award is presented to a person (or people) who has demonstrated a record of exceptional service to the Writers Guild of Canada and whose efforts have strengthened the Canadian screenwriting community as a whole. The recipient of The Writers Block Award is determined by the Writers Guild of Canada Council.
This year, the Writers Block Award was presented to Anne-Marie Perrotta, Simon Racioppa and Lienne Sawatsky in acknowledgement of their herculean efforts at the bargaining table and beyond in assisting the Guild in obtaining minimum fees for animation writing. Fully covering the animation jurisdiction has been an ongoing, 13-year goal for the WGC.
The particular efforts of Anne-Marie, Simon and Lienne were significant in laying groundwork in the Animation Committee, taking part in two years of pre-bargaining meetings with producers and then going toe-to-toe with the producers’ associations at the bargaining table. They helped us become the first English-language guild in the world to fully cover animation writing. All extremely busy working writers, each of them brought passion and intelligence to the discussion.
The contribution of Anne-Marie, Simon and Lienne at the bargaining table benefited not just animation writers but all writers as we debated every aspect of the IPA with our producer colleagues. The WGC thanks them with our beloved Writers Block Award – they made a difference to every writer’s working life.
The Writers Block Award has previously been awarded to Charles (Chuck) Lazer (2012), Peter Grant (2011), Rebecca Schechter (2010), Karen Walton (2009), Anne MacNaughton, Jeremy Hole and Jack Blum (2008), Sondra Kelly and Sugith Varughese (2007), Fred Yackman (2006), Jill Golick (2005), Pete White (2004), Bill Williams (2003), Jack Gray (2002), and David Barlow (2000).