New CMF Guidelines/Budget: Key Wins for Writers
April 4, 2014
On March 31, 2014, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) released its 2014-2015 program budget and guidelines. These guidelines are the result, in part, of the CMF’s consultations with industry stakeholders last fall. The WGC and WGC members participated actively in these consultations, and we are pleased to see what we feel are several wins for writers and for the industry.
The Way of the Future: Writing SF for TV
April 1, 2014
The WGC is happy to co-present The Way of the Future: Writing Science Fiction for Television, at the Toronto Screenwriters Conference (TSC) on April 6, 2014. The event is moderated by Denis McGrath, and features Cameron Porsandeh (Helix), Sam Egan (The Listener), Emily Andras (Lost Girl), and Alan McCullough (Sanctuary).
The panel will "explore the process of writing and developing science-fiction worlds, the rules and boundaries for characters, social structures, the financial constraints of bringing the vision to the screen, working with the networks, differences between working on a Canadian vs. a US or International show, and of course, getting their vision green-lit."
Pacific Region Members Libations Invite
April 2, 2014
With a subject heading like that, who could resist! Certainly not Pacific Region members, we hope.
Please join Pacific Region Counselor Dennis Heaton, and National Forum delegates (present and future!), Ken Craw, Susin Nielsen and Beth Stewart for an evening of libations at:
The Opus Lounge
322 Davie Street, Vancouver
Thursday April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
First 50 WGC members save $100 for Toronto Screenwriters Conference
March 13, 2014
The Toronto Screenwriters Conference, (April 5 and 6), is an event for professional screenwriters and other TV and film industry professionals. The WGC will present a panel at this year’s event, and we also are happy to offer two special discounts for WGC members.
The first 50 members to register will pay only $233 plus tax. (The full fee for the event is $419 plus tax.)
Podcast: WTTV with Remedy's Greg Spottiswood
March 28, 2014
Writers Talking TV had an excellent turnout on March 25, 2014, for Greg Spottiswood (left), showrunner of the new show, Remedy, an "upstairs/downstairs" take on what goes on in hospitals. He was interviewed by playwright, screenwriter and TV producer, Michael MacLennan. Comments after the fact included a tweet saying "Really, it was like a master class in TV showrunning." If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here.
Factual TV Writers' Survey
March 24, 2014
Factual television is a booming industry. Hundreds of factual shows are produced in Canada every year. But the notion that factual programs are not “scripted” or written is generally considered a fallacy. The way a factual television show is put together may be different from a dramatic television series, but in both cases a story is being told to an audience.
The WGC has released a survey for writers and story editors working in factual programming so that we can better understand how writing works in factual entertainment and what the issues and concerns are for creators working in this sector.
If you are a writer/story editor working in factual television, please take a moment to fill out this survey. To access the survey, please click on this link. And feel free to share the link with any other writers/story editors you know who work in the factual realm.
March 25: WTTV with Remedy's Greg Spottiswood
March 19, 2014
Mark your calendars (March 25) and RSVP to Elaine Jacob (firstname.lastname@example.org), because the next edition of Writers Talking TV is one you won't want to miss.
Greg Spottiswood, showrunner of the new show Remedy, an "upstairs/downstairs" take on what goes on in hospitals, is our featured guest. He's interviewed by two-time finalist for Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award, Michael MacLennan, a playwright, screenwriter and TV producer.
When: March 25, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto
This is a great opportunity to find out how Remedy ticks, put your writerly questions to Greg Spottiswood, and mingle with other screenwriters.
And if you'd like to know a little more about the show, here's the skinny from Global:
Alyse Rosenberg, Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Workshop Leader
March 19, 2014
The WGC is pleased to announce Alyse Rosenberg as workshop leader of the eastern Canada session of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. Alyse brings a wealth of experience to the position. She's a veteran television writer, producer and director as well as an educator and workshop facilitator. Alyse mentored one of the program’s alumni during the first year of the program, so she also brings a strong understanding the program and its objectives.
Alyse will guide the latest group of writers from eastern Canada in a week-long workshop in Toronto (April 28–May 2). In that workshop the writers will learn the fine points of pitching and working in the writers' room, under the guidance of WGC members, broadcast executives, agents and others.
Announcing...the WGC Awards Finalists
March 4, 2014
We are excited to announce the finalists for the 18th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. The WGC Screenwriting Awards celebrate the excellence of Canada’s best screenwriters with a gala event on April 28, 2014, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.
This year, more than 190 scripts were nominated for awards in seven categories, with 30 chosen as finalists. In total, 50 screenwriters are up for awards. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner award and the Alex Barris Mentorship Award, will also be handed out at the gala event.
Click here to see the complete list of finalists. And congratulations to all of the very fine writers who are nominated.
Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program Eastern Canada Top 8 Selected
March 17, 2014
The WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program is proud to present the newest group of writers in the program:
• Aaron Bala
• David Hall
• Sami Khan
• Cathryn Naiker
• Noelle Perkins
• Rama Rau
• Justin Rawana
• Allan Tong
Over the next few months these writers will join their western Canada counterparts in the program’s intensive screenwriting experience. First, they’ll attend a TV series boot camp in Toronto (April 28-May 2) where they will get to pitch their original concepts to broadcasters, and sharpen their TV writing skills. Next, each writer will team with a WGC mentor to develop a portfolio of script materials that will determine who among them will win the prized internship on a Bell Media TV series. Congratulations all!