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Writers Talk TV with Bellvue's Jane Maggs

May 18, 2017

The WGC is proud to present Writers Talking TV with Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs in conversation with fellow screenwriter James Hurst, on Thursday June 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bellevue is a mystery set in a small town, starring Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, a cop whose intense personality has always been at odds with her hometown. Find out about the show's creation and writing at Writers Talking TV. If you weren't able to be at the event, listen to the podcast here.
What: Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs on screenwriting; episode screening; audience Q&A.
When: June 8, 2017, 7 p.m. [Doors open at 6:30]
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4.
RSVP: Free and open to the public, but to make sure you get a seat, RSVP to Elizabeth Ingold,

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WGC Response to Geist's "Can CanCon Compete"

May 29, 2017

Michael Geist accurately describes the Writers Guild of Canada’s response to his blog post, “Canadian TV in the Netflix Age?”, as strongly worded. It’s strongly worded because poor, incomplete analysis is extremely frustrating.  
In Geist’s May 25th blog post, “Can CanCon Compete? A Response to the WGC on the Future of Canadian TV Production”, Geist continues to either misunderstand or misrepresent the scale and impact that a $40 million annual decrease in broadcaster spending on programs of national interest (PNI) would have.

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Open Letter to Michael Geist from the Writers Guild of Canada

May 24, 2017

Michael Geist, in his capacity as law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce Law, regularly writes about the Canadian television industry, on his blog and elsewhere. And while he is of course entitled to his opinions, it is unfortunate that time and time again he reveals a deep lack of understanding of how that industry works. Most recent case in point, in a blog post titled: Canadian TV in the Netflix Age: In Defence of the CRTC Television Licencing Decision

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WGC Members Nominated for Rockies

May 10, 2017

Many WGC members have had work nominated for the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards program competition — congratulations to all of the writers involved. You can find out more about the Rockies here. Please click "read more" to see the entire list of WGC members' nominations. 

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AFBS AGM: May 15 at AGO

May 9, 2017

WGC members are invited to attend the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 15 in Toronto. This year's meeting takes place at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and includes an "exclusive after-hours members’ social event that evening with refreshments, appetizers and free tours." Find out more here.

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Daytime Emmy Winning Members

May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Odd Squad and Beat Bugs screenwriters on the success their shows had at the 44th annual Daytime Emmys. Odd Squad series co-creators Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman, along with Mark De Angelis, won "Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie." (Just days after Tim won a WGC Screenwriting Award in the Children's category for his season two episode “Drop Gadget Repeat.”) And Beat Bugs was awarded "Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program." Congratulations to writers Michael Stokes, Jennifer Daley, Deborah Jarvis, Barbara Haynes, Jeff Biederman, Richard Clark, Brian Hartigan, and Karen Moonah.

Leo Awards Nominees

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to the many WGC members nominated for this year's Leo Awards. In terms of overall nominations, Motive led the pack with a total of thirteen. The WGC members nominated in the writing categories are as follows.

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners

April 21, 2017

The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards were handed out at a gala event at Koerner Hall in Toronto on April 24. Congratulations to the winners! You can view the winning screenwriters and scripts here, and some photos from the evening here. A big thanks to our host, Laurie Elliott, and awards show writers Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. As well, thanks to our guest presenters, Pure creative consultant Andrew Wreggitt with actor Alex Paxton-Beesley, Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs with actor Shawn Doyle, Second Jen showrunner Jeff Biederman with Second Jen co-creators and actors Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan, and the presenter of the WGC Showrunner Award, Amanda Fahey. Thanks as well to our generous sponsors

WGC Screenwriting Awards Presenters

April 11, 2017

The WGC is pleased to announce the presenters for the 21st annual WGC Screenwriting Awards (held on April 24 at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto). 
Joining host Laurie Elliott on stage: Pure creative consultant Andrew Wreggitt with actor Alex Paxton-Beesley, Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs with actor Shawn Doyle, and Second Jen showrunner Jeff Biederman with Second Jen co-creators and actors Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan. 

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Tickets

March 28, 2017

Tickets for the WGC Screenwriting Awards (April 24) are now on sale, through RCM Tickets. The awards take place Monday April 24, 2017 at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto, and are hosted by Laurie Elliott and written by Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. Ticket Info: 416-408-0208 (Members $60 | Non-Members $110.)

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