Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,100 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.

Awards Tickets on Sale - Get Yours Now

Get your tickets for the 18th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards, held April 28, 2014, at Toronto’s beautiful Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. The gala event is hosted by Seán Cullen and written by Seán Cullen and Luciano Casimiri. You can view all of the nominees here.

Tickets are now on sale for both WGC members and the public. Please note: the special members’ rate is only available by phone or in person.  For full details, please continue reading.

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Presenters Announced

The (WGC) Screenwriting Awards are just around the corner, on April 28, 2014. The 18th annual awards are hosted by comedian Seán Cullen and co-written with award-winning writer Luciano Casimiri. And we're pleased to announce that our guest presenters include Murdoch Mystery’s Yannick Bisson, 19-2 star, Adrian Holmes, and Spun Out star Rebecca Dalton. WGC members presenting at the awards include the double-threat writing team, brothers Ryan and Jason Belleville, 19-2 showrunner Bruce Smith, and Spun Out co-creator/co-showrunner Jeff Biederman. Don't forget to get your tickets for the awards.

New and Improved Digital Guidelines

A new version of the WGC’s digital guidelines is now available. Changes to the guidelines include new suggested rates, updated terminology, and more flexibility for members working in original digital content.

While digital production is covered under the WGC IPA, there are no enshrined minimum fees. For example, if you have a project contracted under the digital section that is broadcast on conventional television there is no fee in place to compensate a writer for this use. We have suggestions for compensation for that use in the new guidelines. 

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Science Fiction Still About Characters: Panel at TSC

The WGC co-presented a panel at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference on April 6, called The Way of the Future: Writing Science Fiction for Television.  All the panelists agreed that science fiction writing is still about the characters and their relationships and interactions with each other.

Pictured from left to right: Cameron Porsandeh, creator of Helix; WGC member Emily Andras, showrunner of Lost Girl; WGC member Alan McCullough, writer on Stargate Franchise, and WGC member and veteran screenwriter Sam Egan, currently working on Continuum III. All were interviewed by moderator and WGC Central Region Councillor Denis McGrath.

Council and National Forum Election Results Available

The WGC election results are now in. We're pleased that we had a great response from members nominating candidates for the WGC Council and National Writers Forum (term May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2016).  Nominations closed on March 11, and most national forum delegate positions have been filled and we have several returned councillors across the country.

Two elections, one for central region councillor positions and one for Quebec region national forum delegate have now closed and all election results can be accessed here.

If you have questions regarding the nomination or election process, please contact Terry Mark, Assistant Executive Director, Operations: 1-800-567-9974 or 416-979-7907 ext. 5226.

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