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.

"Creative Export Canada" Accepting Applications

Some important news for screenwriters: the federal government has posted application guidelines for a new program called Creative Export Canada, which offers “annual funding for projects that help our creative industries reach more people around the world.” The Guild is pleased to see that this Liberal government initiative, developed under former Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, has now come to fruition.

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Pacific Screenwriting Program Launches

The WGC is pleased to announce the launch of the Pacific Screenwriting Program, intended to create an even more vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia via its new training program. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker and WGC members, screenwriters Rob Cooper and Rachel Langer, are on the PSP's board, and senior WGC writers will act as mentors to emerging screenwriters. Find out more at the PSP's website. 

New Minister of Heritage

This week the federal government had a cabinet shuffle, and Pablo Rodriguez was named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, replacing Mélanie Joly. Minister Rodriguez most recently served as Chief Government Whip, and before that was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and served as the Liberal Heritage critic from 2009 to 2011. The WGC welcomes Minister Rodriguez to his new role and looks forward to working with him on the important cultural policy matters ahead. 

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Writers Talking TV Podcast

Writers Talking TV, the WGC's ongoing series of writer-to-writer interviews recorded in front of a live audience, has added the latest episode, featuring the creators of a new animated series called Wishfart, Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett. Hosted by Mike Kiss (Fangbone!GrojbandMax & Shred,) and recorded at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, you can listen to the podcast at iTunes or on the WGC website.

WGC re: the Copyright Act

The WGC both appeared in person and submitted written comments to the recent Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as part of its Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. The WGC asked that the Act be clarified to reflect that the screenwriter and the director of a “cinematographic work” with an original dramatic character — the Act’s parlance for a film or television show —should be considered its “co-authors.”

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