#Thx to #CdnTV Journalists
November 28, 2014
If you're on Twitter chances are you know that there are are journalists who are actively covering Canadian TV (and then tweeting about it). It's good to see, because as TV creators know, it's not always easy for audiences to find information about Canadian shows. The fact is, you may not always find valuable dialogue and exploration of Canadian TV where you'd expect to find it, but we're happy to say that it is out there. The following are good sites to keep in mind for writers involved in promoting new projects, and for keeping abreast of the industry.
Listen to WTTV Strange Empire Podcast
November 19, 2014
Writers Talking TV joined the Canadian International TV Festival last week to feature the creator of Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik. The audience was treated to a screening of an episode that had not yet gone to air, and Laurie was interviewed by fellow writer and WGC councillor Denis McGrath. The event wrapped with a Q&A with the audience, and there were some very interesting questions. Hear for yourself, listen to the podcast now.
WGC Goes to College
November 24, 2014
The WGC's manager of industrial relations, Aaron Unrau, speaks to several groups of students this week and next. On Nov. 24 he's at Centennial College, speaking to students in a TV producing class about the guild, and running through some contracting scenarios. Aaron will also be at Humber College on Nov. 28, talking with students in a post-grad TV writing and producing program about the WGC, and the importance of its role in a healthy industry. And on Monday he'll be at the CFC to talk to writers in its film and TV programs, as well as the students in its producer program.
Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter Intern on Motive
November 13, 2014
The WGC and the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program are pleased to announce that emerging Vancouver-based writer, Tami Gabay, is joining the hit series Motive with showrunner Dennis Heaton, for a paid internship in the writers' room.
CRTC Starts Talking TV Policies
November 13, 2014
Last week the CRTC announced its first policy stemming from the year-long proceeding, “Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians on the future of television,” in which the WGC actively participated. It was a policy prohibiting the requirement that cable and satellite subscribers provide 30 days notice to cancel their television services. (The Commission also announced the same policy for local voice services and Internet services.)
WGC Members' Shows at CITF
November 10, 2014
The upcoming Canadian International TV Festival (CITF) puts the spotlight on a number of shows written by WGC members. The festival (Nov. 14-23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox) features the WGC's Writers Talking TV, with Strange Empire creator, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, interviewed by fellow WGC member, writer Denis McGrath, on Nov. 20. And there are lots of other events that writers and fans of Canadian TV will be interested in. Please have a look at the following lineup, and make sure to reserve your free tickets.
WTTV: Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik
November 6, 2014
The WGC's next Writers Talking TV event is coming up on Nov. 20, as part of the Canadian International TV Festival. The featured writer is the creator of Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik. Laurie will talk with fellow writer and WGC councillor Denis McGrath about the show, and an episode will be screened. The event wraps with a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are free, but must be reserved at Event Brite. For full details, please continue reading.
Murdoch and Heartland Milestones
November 4, 2014
This fall sees milestone moments for two shows penned by WGC members. Heartland celebrated its 125th episode recently, making it the longest running one-hour drama in Canadian television history. And Murdoch Mysteries celebrated its 100th episode on November 3. Congratulations to showrunners Heather Conkie (Heartland) and Peter Mitchell (Murdoch Mysteries), and to all of the talented writers who have worked on both shows.
Members' Earnings and Benefits Statements
November 4, 2014
WGC statements of member earnings and benefits are now online. They provide detail regarding earnings and insurance and retirement remittances processed by the Guild between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2014. To access your statement, log onto the WGC website and click the red "Member Toolkit" button on the members' home page. Then select "Get Your Statements & Tax Receipts." If you require further assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CRTC Denies Super Channel
November 4, 2014
The CRTC has denied Super Channel's application to lower spending requirements, agreeing with the WGC and other interveners who opposed the application. The application, by Allarco Entertainment, proposed that $6 million in expenditures for script and concept development should count towards its normal Canadian programming expenditure requirements. Allarco argued that the $6 million spending requirement was inconsistent with the requirements of other pay television channels, and that financial challenges facing the service necessitated the amendment.