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WGC Members Win at Leo Awards

June 6, 2016

Congratulations to WGC members whose work was honoured at the Leo Awards!

Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series
WINNER Jesse McKeown 19-2 - Orphans

Best Screenwriting Television Movie
WINNER Dennis Foon On the Farm

Best Screenwriting Documentary Program or Series
WINNER Jerry Thompson Sonic Magic: The Wonder and Science of Sound

Best Screenwriting Animation Program or Series
WINNER Greg Sullivan Nerds and Monsters - The Falconerd

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Writers Talking TV Podcast Now Available

May 30, 2016

Listen to the podcast of Writers Talking TV from May 25 featuring Slasher showrunner Aaron Martin in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. The podcast includes an interview about writing horror/mystery as well as general conversation about the screenwriting craft, and wraps with questions from the audience. You'll find all of the Writers Talking TV podcasts here.

Niagara Film Fest Industry Day Member Discount

June 3, 2016

WGC members are offered a discount if they would like to attend the the Niagara Integrated Film Festival's Industry Day (June 17), intended to provide a networking opportunity as well as a chance to discuss the future of the Canadian media industry. If you would like to attend email for the promo code and discount information.

AFBS AGM on June 6

May 30, 2016

WGC members are invited to attend the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society’s annual general meeting on Monday, June 6 in Toronto. The meeting will give members an opportunity to learn more about the operation of their benefit society. AFBS will review its annual report, highlights of the 2015 year, and provide an opportunity for members to ask questions.

When: June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Cinema 4. (Reception follows in the Bell Blue Room)

Important CanCon Questionnaire

May 12, 2016

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, has launched what may be a landmark consultation on the screen-based cultural sector. The WGC will be engaged in this process at all stages, and thanks members who filled out the pre-consultation questionnaire in time to meet the May 27, 2016 deadline. Members will be kept apprised as the process unfolds. You can find out more on the Government of Canada's website, at "Strengthening Canadian content creation, discovery and export in a digital world."

WGC's 25th Anniversary Video

May 16, 2016

If you haven't had an opportunity to watch the WGC's 25th anniversary video, have a look! It's a fun (and funny) look back at the guild's storied past. Of course, that story includes significant achievements made by the WGC in the past quarter century. When, in April of 1991, the WGC became a guild of independently contracted writers, members obtained, as the WGC’s first president, Jack Gray, put it, “control of the craft affairs that mattered most to writers.”

Watch the WGC 25th anniversary video on the WGC's YouTube channel.

Members Nominated for Leo Awards

May 13, 2016

Congratulations to all our members nominated for 2016 Leo Awards in the screenwriting categories. The Leo Awards take place May 28 and June 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

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Slasher Showrunner Aaron Martin at WTTV

May 9, 2016

The May 25 edition of Writers Talking TV (WTTV) features Slasher showrunner Aaron Martin in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. Aaron has described Slasher as a “modern-day monster story,” noting that the monster in Slasher is “all too human.” Take the opportunity to find out more about writing horror and about  screenwriting. The event also includes an episode screening and an audience Q&A with the show's creator. Read more for full details.

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CMF Outreach Tour

May 13, 2016

The Canada Media Fund starts its outreach tour on May 18 in Calgary. The tour gives writers and others an opportunity to meet with program administrator team members. The meetings include a review the past year, an update on changes to processes, a chance for discussion of current projects, as well as a Q&A about the 2016-2017 CMF program guidelines. You can view the CMF outreach tour schedule here.

WGC Responds to Acceptance Speech Controversy

May 10, 2016

Following last week’s WGC Screenwriting Awards there was controversy regarding one of the acceptance speeches. The WGC would like to make its position clear: We support freedom of speech so we do not vet acceptance speeches by our awards winners. That being said, we are serious about improving diversity for writers throughout the industry, and believe every member should feel valued and respected.

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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