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Members: How to Get Involved re: CRTC

June 20, 2017

The CRTC’s recent cuts to the minimum financial contributions that private broadcasters make to drama, comedy, kids and other TV programming could severely reduce jobs for screenwriters, and have a negative impact on Canadian audiences and Canadian culture. We’re fighting hard to turn this around on a number of fronts, but we also need members on the front lines. You'll find the info you need under the "Policy Issues" menu tab on the WGC website. Just login to the WGC website to view. If you have forgotten your login info, please contact d.thurairajah@wgc.ca, or j.ruzic@wgc.ca, or t.mark@wgc.ca

House of Commons Petition re: CRTC Decision

June 16, 2017

The electronic petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage voicing concern about the recent CRTC decision re: licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers has over 5,000 signatures at time of writing. We hope that members and anyone concerned about the future of Canadian on-screen storytelling will sign the petition. Please continue reading for more details.

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Come to Important WGC Meetings

May 30, 2017

Members, please come to one of the following important member meetings if at all possible: Montreal (June 7), Toronto (June 14), and Vancouver (June 21). Email e.ingold@wgc or logon to the website with your user name and password to get full details. The Guild will share vital information at these meetings, and it's also a great way for members to catch up with fellow screenwriters and WGC staff over drinks and snacks. 

 


WGC Meets with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly

June 2, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada was very pleased to meet with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to talk about significant issues faced by Canadian screenwriters and audiences everywhere who enjoy Canadian content. Talented screenwriters Cynthia Knight (Mohawk Girls), Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny), WGC President Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), Executive Director Maureen Parker, and Director of Policy Neal McDougall, joined Minister Joly and staff in Ottawa on Thursday. It was rewarding to have screenwriters — the creators whose work kick-starts the entire Canadian TV and film industry — meet with Minister Joly firsthand.

CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster

May 16, 2017

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing. 
 
“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.”
 
View the whole press release here. Members wishing to find out more about the CRTC decision, please login to the website with your user name and password.
 

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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Writers Talking 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, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

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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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Canadian Screenwriter summer 2017 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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