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Bell Moves on Genre Exclusivity

July 24, 2015

Earlier this year, as part of its decisions from the Let’s Talk TV proceeding, the CRTC eliminated the genre exclusivity policy. Under that policy, selected specialty and pay services, referred to as Category A services, were licensed on a one-per-genre basis and protected from competition.

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The WGC Emmy Award Nominations

July 16, 2015

The 67th Emmy Awards nominations have been announced, and there were Emmy nods for work written by WGC members. Congratulations to Semi Chellas, nominated for Mad Men in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category. Degrassi, penned by WGC members including showrunner Sarah Glinski, picked up a nomination for Outstanding Children's Program. And Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was nominated for Best Lead Actress — a number of WGC members write Orphan Black, including co-showrunner Graeme Manson. Congratulations all!

Latest WGC/Bell Intern Announced

July 16, 2015

Congratulations to Dave Bath on being awarded the most recent WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program internship. Dave will be going on to a paid internship in the writers' room of a Bell Media show. Dave is both a writer and comedian, writing and performing stand up and sketch comedy since his teens. He's a graduate from the Humber College Comedy Writing/Performing program, and attended Vancouver Film School's writing program. Congratulations to Dave! Information and application forms for the 2016 program can be found here.

Applications Open: Diverse Screenwriters Program

July 10, 2015

After five years, nearly 70 graduates, and nine internship placements, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program has launched its final call for applicants. It's an excellent opportunity for professional development, and many of the participants have gone on to impressive careers. Also, nine participants to date have had paid internships on shows including 19-2, Bitten, Degrassi, The Listener, and Motive, as well as the CBC’s Mr. D. Get all the details here.

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Member Statements for 2015 Second Quarter

July 10, 2015

Members, your statements of earnings and benefits for the second quarter of 2015 are now available online. Your statement provides you with information about all working dues and insurance and retirement payments received and processed by the WGC from Jan. 1-June 30 2015.  Please have a look at your statement and report any missing income to Terry Mark as soon as possible. You can view, download and/or print your statement by logging on to the website and selecting the "Get Your Statements and Tax Receipts" option from the Member Toolkit red button on the left side of the member home page.

WTTV "The Next Step" Podcast

July 8, 2015

If you weren't able to attend Writers Talking TV: The Next Step, now you can listen to the podcast. This edition of the WGC's ongoing series focuses on writing TV for a young generation, with Frank van Keeken, creator of the popular show, The Next Step. Host, fellow screenwriter Nicole Demerse, talks with Frank about his approach to writing for kids, and the audience gets a chance to ask their questions. Listen at Writers Talking TV, or at iTunes.

Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill

July 10, 2015

Conservative senators overruled their own Speaker and broke with procedure to push through Bill C-377 late last month. C-377 will require every “labour organization” to make public detailed information on its spending, including every expense over $5,000. Unions are generally already required to furnish financial information to their membership, but C-377 would make union finances available to the public, which includes to those they bargain with, putting them at a significant strategic disadvantage.

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"Sprint for Your Script" Contest

June 17, 2015

Quebec writers are invited to submit their scripts to the 2015 edition of "Sprint for Your Script." This year the theme of the competition is fantasy. Horror, zombie, science fiction, magical realism etc. entries are all welcome. "Sprint for Your Script" is a good opportunity for professional development, involving mentorships and workshops for finalists.

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Writers Talking TV: The Next Step

June 15, 2015

Writers Talking TV focuses on writing TV for a young generation, with Frank van Keeken, creator of the popular show, The Next Step. The evening begins with a screening of an episode, followed by an interview by WTTV host Nicole Demerse, and an audience Q&A.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
When: June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Free, and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Elaine Jacob to reserve your seat.

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CSARN seeks mentors

June 25, 2015

The Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network seeks senior artists willing to share their experience and skills, as well as mentees needing some insight into how to advance their careers. CSARN is launching the fourth round of its  mentorship program in Ontario, and is looking for both mentors and mentees. While the service is free, mentors (60+) are paid, and mentees are reimbursed for expenses. Full details are available on the CSARN website. The deadline for applications is coming up fast, on July 1.


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