WGC Writers At Fan Expo
We have three terrific panels lined up for this year's Fan Expo (held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Aug. 28-31) featuring many talented WGC members. From a close-up look at the long-running show Degrassi, to a panel about how to monetize a web series, to some of Canada's leading showrunners sharing their views about building relationships with fans, this year's event promises to be exciting. Please continue reading for full details:
New "Let's Talk TV" Online Forum
The WGC is scheduled to present at the CRTC "Let's Talk TV" hearing on Sept. 11. This week the commission announced it's giving Canadians a "last chance" to have their say on the future of television in Canada, through an online discussion forum open until Sept. 19, the final day of the public hearing. The CRTC has also published a document that outlines some of the issues to be considered during the public hearing. You can view the "working document for discussion” on the CRTC's website, and as well, make sure to add your comments at Help Shape the Future of TV in Canada.
Save the Date: WGC Screenwriting Awards, 2015
It's never too early to think about the WGC Screenwriting Awards! So save the date: Monday, April 27, 2015. The awards will be held at the same venue as last year, the swank Koerner Hall in Toronto. Keep an eye on the website for awards entry information. And while you're at it, have a look at some photos from the 2014 awards, as well as the list of winners.
CRTC Renews Rogers Group of Channels
The WGC is pleased to announce that the CRTC agreed with the WGC on virtually all points raised in the guild's intervention regarding Rogers Media Inc.'s recent licence renewal. On July 31, 2014, the CRTC renewed the licences of the various broadcasters owned and controlled by Rogers, including City, OMNI, The Biography Channel, Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and the Sportsnet-branded channels. The services were renewed for a two-year term so as to coincide with the group-based licensing proceeding for all of the large, private, English-language broadcast groups that will occur in 2016. Please continue reading for all of the details.
DHX/Family Channel Deal Approved
DHX Media Ltd.'s application to acquire Family Channel, Disney Junior (English), Disney Junior (French), and Disney XD has been approved by the CRTC, on July 24, 2014. These channels were divested by Bell Media Inc. as a condition of their acquisition of Astral Media. The WGC intervened in support of the application, noting that DHX’s proposed tangible benefits package—the financial contributions to the broadcasting system that the CRTC uses, in part, to determine whether a transaction is in the public interest—was consistent with past practice, and included initiatives targeted to development and screenwriter training.
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