The WGC in Halifax
June 24, 2016
Earlier this month, the WGC travelled to Halifax and met with Atlantic region members and local industry organizations to discuss the current state of Nova Scotia’s production industry.
25 Years of the WGC: As Told by Screenwriters
June 7, 2016
The new edition of Canadian Screenwriter magazine is on newsstands now and is also available by subscription. WGC members, as always, receive their copies in the mail. This is a special issue of the magazine celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary with an oral history based on interviews conducted and compiled by screenwriter Steve Lucas. Called "The First 25 Years," it features many WGC members sharing memories and anecdotes. Have a look at this brief excerpt, and then get your copy to read the whole story.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.