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Writers Talking TV Emily Andras Podcast

October 17, 2016

If you couldn't attend Writers Talking TV on Sept. 29 with Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras, in conversation with fellow screenwriter Nicole Demerse, you can listen to the podcast. It was a lively conversation, ranging from showrunning, to what goes on in the writers' room, to women working in TV, writing genre, and much more. Listen to all Writers Talking TV podcasts at the WGC website or on iTunes.

AFBS Scholarship Deadline Oct. 17

September 27, 2016

Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) members and dependants can apply for regularly granted scholarships — one of the many benefits provided by AFBS. Scholarships can help members upgrade skills and enhance their careers. Currently, AFBS is accepting scholarship applications for the fall deadline, Oct. 17. Find out more about the scholarship program on the AFBS website

The PM, The Hip, and the Broadcasting Act

September 13, 2016

WGC President Jill Golick's commentary, "The PM, The Hip, and the Broadcasting Act," was published on the website CARTT on Sept. 12, and explores how the act informs what Canadian TV should be. It begins like this:

"Over the summer, our shirt-challenged prime minister and national rock band reminded us that we stand unique in the world. As a country, we caught a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. Turns out we’re not just sexy: Canadians are passionate about being Canadian. And yes, the Broadcasting Act is part of that."

Read the rest here.

WTTV: Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp

September 8, 2016

The first Writers Talking TV of the autumn is coming up on Sept. 29, and we're pleased to announce it features showrunner Emily Andras talking about her show, Wynonna Earp, with fellow screenwriter, host Nicole Demerse. The event includes an in-depth discussion about screenwriting, an episode screening, and an audience Q&A.

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"WGC at 25" in Montreal

September 9, 2016

The WGC’s 25th anniversary year celebrations wrap with, what else, a party for members! This one takes place in Montreal on Sept. 15. So, WGC members, if you are in Montreal that day, please do come by for drinks, snacks, and to chat. WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, council and staff members hope to see you there.

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WGC Communication with Minister Joly

September 7, 2016

We would like to let WGC members know that the guild has written to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly regarding the recent CRTC decision in the review of “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs), which lowered the points needed for Canadian productions to receive funding from the CIPFs from eight to six. As well, we have questioned the repeated emphasis on international markets as a primary goal for Canadian content productions. We have requested a meeting with the minister, and will keep members apprised as to any developments.

WGC Response to CRTC Decision Makes News

September 6, 2016

The CRTC's recent decision in the review of “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs) caused a wave of negative response in the creative community. The decision included the misguided notion that facilitating "the hiring by production companies of non-Canadian actors or creators" for Canadian content productions could result in greater international success. The WGC, its executive director, Maureen Parker, and some of its talented members have been in the news as a result, sharing the screenwriters' point of view. Here is some of the press to date.

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CRTC Gets the Facts Wrong

September 1, 2016

Mistakes get made, but most are not newsworthy. This one is. The CRTC’s recent decision regarding “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs) includes a significant factual error. It claims that the Canada Media Fund (CMF) argued in favour of reducing the points needed for Canadian productions to receive funding from the CIPFs. The CRTC stated:

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Showrunner Dennis Heaton Speaks Out

August 30, 2016

Dennis Heaton, one of Canada's prominent screenwriters (and a WGC councillor), has sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, and the Minister of Justice of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould. It's a letter that responds to the recently announced CRTC policy framework, and speaks to what many screenwriters across this country are currently feeling: that if this is the sorry direction things are going in Canada, there's no choice but to leave. Please read the letter. Please share it.

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Canadian Culture at Risk

August 29, 2016

It’s more than a regulatory change; it’s an attack on Canadian creators. The CRTC’s decision in the review of “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs), released Aug. 25, 2016, had insupportable news: the minimum CAVCO point requirements for CIPFs to fund a production were dropped from eight to six. One stated reason: “[It could] facilitate the hiring by production companies of non-Canadian actors or creators, who may increase a project's attractiveness and visibility in international markets.”

“This is hugely disappointing,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “That the CRTC, a public authority charged with regulating Canadian broadcasting, would effectively denigrate Canadian showrunners and screenwriters and suggest our country’s creators cannot deliver international success is shocking. It’s also verifiably untrue.”

Read the full WGC press release for more.

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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