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.

Watch WGC Writers in Action: Fan Expo Videos

The WGC was at Fan Expo Canada this year with three panels, now available on video at the WGC YouTube channel. Watch the following three panels for some expert advice and insights from WGC members.

Showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Daegan Fryklind (Bitten), with moderator James Hurst, talking about social media and fans: The Writers Room and Fan Power.

Rob Mills (Rufus The Dog), Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), JP Larocque (Gay Nerds), and moderator Stephanie Kaliner: How to Monetize a Web Series.

The Degrassi writers' room, led by showrunner Sarah Glinski, talk about the impact fans and social media have on the popular, long-running Canadian TV show: Spotlight on Degrassi.

Writers Talking Feature Film with Elan Mastai

The WGC's inaugural "Writers Talking Feature Film" event is coming up on Sept. 30, featuring Elan Mastai, writer of "The F Word,"  being interviewed by Michael McGowan, writer of "Still Mine."

The details: Sept. 30, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto, 7p.m.

Attendance by RSVP only. Please note, all seats are now spoken for, but you can still get on the wait list (in case there are cancellations) by emailing Elaine Jacob:

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WGC at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ben Joseph moderates a panel at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) on Wednesday, Sept. 17, called Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions. Ben and fellow WGC member Phil Ivanusic will represent the writers' perspective on the panel. The panel looks at how a writer can juggle some of the co-pro challenges, including how to maintain the core integrity of an idea when co-producers are involved, and how to best serve more than one broadcaster. See the OIAF website for full panel details.

A Big Thanks to Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons

As the first week of the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing draws to a close, a hearty thanks goes out to WGC members Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons. Both devoted considerable time and energy in preparing for the WGC appearance, and their ideas were essential in shaping the WGC presentation. At the hearing itself Andrew and Cal set the tone, sharing first hand experiences with the Commission, and putting the creators of Canadian television first. A big thanks as well to Executive Director Maureen Parker, Director of Policy Neal McDougall, and to Mario Mota for his invaluable input. The WGC presentation, which is available on CPAC's video archive, included an excerpt from the WGC-produced video, Canadian TV Delivers, which favourably impressed CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, who said that that the video was a great reminder of what the hearing is really about – content, the kind WGC members create. 

WGC on CBC Radio

It was a busy day for the WGC on Thursday Sept. 11. Not only did the guild make an appearance at the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing, (read the press release here), both Executive Director Maureen Parker and President Jill Golick were on the CBC radio airwaves talking "talk TV." You can hear Maureen Parker's interview on CBC Toronto's "Metro Morning" here. (At the present time, audio is not available for Jill Golick's interviews on CBC afternoon shows across the country.) Both Ms. Parker and Ms. Golick spoke to questions about many of the topics that are at the centre of the onging CRTC hearing, including "pick-and-pay," and the need for "over the top" providers (such as Netflix) to contribute to the Canadian television industry. As well, the interviews presented audio from the WGC's video, Canadian TV Delivers, which showcases some of the work of WGC members. You can watch Canadian TV Delivers here.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
  • International Affiliation of Writers Guilds Meeting

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds Meeting

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds meetings in Warsaw, attended by the WGC.

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