The Phantoms, Written by Andrew Wreggitt, Wins International Emmy Kids Award
February 12, 2014
Congratulations to WGC Councillor Andrew Wreggitt, writer of The Phantoms, which won the prize for best TV-Movie/Mini-Series at the International Emmy Kids Awards on Feb. 10, 2014. Congratulations also to WGC member Sudz Sutherland, who directed the movie.
WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Seeks Workshop Leader and Mentors
February 12, 2014
WGC members take note. We’re looking for a workshop leader and 16 screenwriting mentors to work with the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program over the next few months.
This program connects new talent with industry professionals to bring fresh perspectives into our writers’ rooms. These paid positions are a great way to meet emerging Canadian writers and to get involved with your guild.
Writers Talking TV in Montreal, with 19-2 Showrunner Bruce Smith
February 6, 2014
It's WTTV, Montreal style! Our inaugural Montreal WTTV event features 19-2 showrunner Bruce Smith, interviewed by Montreal native, screenwriter Doug Taylor. The event is public, so all are welcome.
When: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: le Cinémathèque Québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve E., Montreal)
Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell Wins WGA Award
February 4, 2014
Congratulations to WGC member Sarah Polley on winning the documentary screenplay category at this year's Writers Guild of America awards, for Stories We Tell. It's Polley’s first feature-length documentary, and is distributed by Mongrel Media in Canada, and by Roadside Attractions in the U.S.
Member 2013 Tax Receipts & Earnings Statements
January 15, 2014
All member tax receipts for working dues and basic dues received by the WGC in 2013 are now available online along with statements of earnings and benefits. Statements of earnings and benefits provide detail regarding earnings, insurance and retirement remittances processed by the Guild between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2013. Retirement deductions and contributions detailed on these statements can be used for comparison purposes with statements received from Actra Fraternal Benefit Society but should not be used for taxation purposes. Members will receive an official tax receipt from AFBS for retirement contributions.
To access your statement and tax receipt you need to login and click on the red Member Toolkit button on the left side menu of the member home page. Then select "Get Your Statements & Tax Receipts" to view, print or save your statement. If you require further assistance or need a login I.D. and password to access the site, please contact Jasmina, Dinesh or Terry.
Please be advised that no statements or tax receipts will be mailed unless you contact Jasmina or Terry and request that we mail you these documents. Please inform us of any missing projects or unreported income as soon as possible.
WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program: Western Canada’s Top Eight Selected
January 29, 2014
The WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program is proud to present the newest group of writers selected to take part in the program. In its fourth year, the program is designed to bring new voices and perspectives into English-language Canadian TV writers’ rooms.
The following writers from western Canada were chosen to participate based on submissions including a synopsis for an original drama or comedy series that they will develop over the course of the program:
So You Want to Create a Web Series
January 29, 2014
Coming up this Friday in Montreal: So You Want to Create a Web Series. With increasing numbers of young filmmakers turning to the web to tell their stories, the WGC partners with Concordia University in Montreal to present web-savvy panelists talking about the realities of creating, shooting, producing and distributing a successful web series. They’ll speak to both the creative and financial aspects of creating for the smaller screen.
Event: So You Want to Create a Web Series
When: 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, January 31, 2014
Where: de Sève Cinema at Concordia University, Room LB-125, 1400 de Maisonneuve W.
The event is open to the public, and you can RSVP on Facebook.
18th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards at Koerner Hall
January 24, 2014
The 18th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards take place Monday, April 28, 2014 at a new and beautiful venue, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall.
Returning as this year’s host is the multiple-award winning, extremely talented writer, actor and comedian Seán Cullen. The evening's show will be written by Seán Cullen and Luciano Casimiri.
Tickets to the 2014 WGC Screenwriting Awards will be available mid-March. Please keep an eye on the WGC website for more details as they become available.
WTTV presents "19-2"
January 23, 2014
Writers Talking TV (WTTV) kicked off its 2014 season with the first part of a doubleheader: an event at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox on Jan. 22 focused on the new, character-driven police drama, 19-2. The second 19-2 WTTV evening takes place in Montreal on Feb. 17.
The Toronto event was hosted by WGC president Jill Golick, and featured showrunner Bruce Smith and co-showrunner Jesse McKeown. The venue was full despite “polar vortex” generated cold temperatures, and audience response was extremely positive, via both social media and in the house.
WGC Showrunner Award Nominations Open
January 22, 2014
The call for entries for the WGC Showrunner Award is now open and the award will be presented at the 18th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. This award, now entering its 8th year, is presented to a showrunner who has a big vision and a body of work that expresses it. Past recipients of the WGC Showrunner Award have been Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern, Mark McKinney, Tassie Cameron, Heather Conkie, Mark Farrell, Peter Mohan and Brad Wright. Help us celebrate our country’s best showrunners by submitting a nomination. Click here for more details. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. EST.