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SNS Accepting Screenwriter Training Applications

August 17, 2018

Screen Nova Scotia is accepting applications for the next phase of its new Screenwriter Internship program, with a placement in a TV comedy writers' room in early September. The deadline to apply is Aug. 24. The WGC is very pleased to have worked with SNS to set up this new screenwriter training program, and encourages Nova Scotia screenwriters to consider applying. For full details, see the Screen Nova Scotia website.

"Creative Export Canada" Accepting Applications

August 2, 2018

Some important news for screenwriters: the federal government has posted application guidelines for a new program called Creative Export Canada, which offers “annual funding for projects that help our creative industries reach more people around the world.” The Guild is pleased to see that this Liberal government initiative, developed under former Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, has now come to fruition.

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Pacific Screenwriting Program Launches

August 2, 2018

The WGC is pleased to announce the launch of the Pacific Screenwriting Program, intended to create an even more vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia via its new training program. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker and WGC members, screenwriters Rob Cooper and Rachel Langer, are on the PSP's board, and senior WGC writers will act as mentors to emerging screenwriters. Find out more at the PSP's website. 

New Minister of Heritage

July 20, 2018

This week the federal government had a cabinet shuffle, and Pablo Rodriguez was named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, replacing Mélanie Joly. Minister Rodriguez most recently served as Chief Government Whip, and before that was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and served as the Liberal Heritage critic from 2009 to 2011. The WGC welcomes Minister Rodriguez to his new role and looks forward to working with him on the important cultural policy matters ahead. 

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Writers Talking TV Podcast

July 20, 2018

Writers Talking TV, the WGC's ongoing series of writer-to-writer interviews recorded in front of a live audience, has added the latest episode, featuring the creators of a new animated series called Wishfart, Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett. Hosted by Mike Kiss (Fangbone!GrojbandMax & Shred,) and recorded at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, you can listen to the podcast at iTunes or on the WGC website.

WGC re: the Copyright Act

July 20, 2018

The WGC both appeared in person and submitted written comments to the recent Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as part of its Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. The WGC asked that the Act be clarified to reflect that the screenwriter and the director of a “cinematographic work” with an original dramatic character — the Act’s parlance for a film or television show —should be considered its “co-authors.”

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WTTV: Wishfart June 28

June 12, 2018

Wishfart, the new animated series created by  Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, is centre-stage at Writers Talking TV on June 28, hosted by Mike Kiss (writer on Fangbone!, Grojband, and Max & Shred, among others). Expect a lively conversation about writing animation!
Writers Talking TV is the WGC's live, on-stage writer-to-writer interview, and it's a great opportunity for screenwriters, screenwriter-hopefuls, and anyone interested in the industry to hear about what goes on behind the scenes writing a show. It's free and open to the public — please just RSVP to secure a seat. 

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WGC Commends Canadian Government

June 6, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada strongly commends the government of Canada's decision to modernize the legislative framework for broadcasting and telecommunications and its appointment of a panel of experts in the cultural and communications sectors to help guide the way. This forward-thinking development was announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on June 5, 2018. Read the WGC's press release.

WGC Members Take Home Leo Awards

June 4, 2018

Congratulations to WGC members Sarah Dodd, who won the Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series category of the recent Leo Awards for Cardinal: Blackfly - Red, and to James Phillips and Doug Barber, who won Best Screenwriting Television Movie for Serialized. The Leo Awards celebrate excellence in British Columbia television and film; to view all of the 2018 winners please go to the Leo Awards website.

WGC Asks CRTC to Uphold Canadian Content

May 10, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada has weighed in on the second, crucial stage of the reconsideration of the flawed CRTC decision of May 2017. In that decision, the CRTC essentially slashed private broadcaster minimum spending on Canadian programs by 40 per cent. The WGC, along with other industry groups, successfully appealed to the Cabinet of Canada, resulting in the decision being sent back to the Commission for reconsideration. Get the full story: read the press release here and the WGC's CRTC submission here.

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