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The WGC Announces New President, Council

May 7, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce that showrunner Dennis Heaton is the WGC’s new president, elected by WGC council to serve the 2,200 members of the Guild from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020. Dennis is an award-winning screenwriter based in Vancouver; currently showrunner of the upcoming Netflix show, The Order.
 
“We’re very excited to work with Dennis,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “His showrunning experience will hold us in good stead as we go into Independent Production Agreement bargaining within the next year.” 

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners

April 24, 2018

Canadian screenwriters were in the spotlight at the 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards gala, held on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The awards were hosted by Gavin Crawford, written by Kyle Tingley and included a special tribute to the Guild's outgoing president, Jill Golick, who has made a tremendous contribution to the Writers Guild of Canada over many years. Many thanks to Jill! And, of course, congratulations to all the award winners. Please continue reading to see the complete list.


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2018 WGC Screenwriting Awards Presenters

April 17, 2018

Screenwriters are the creators behind every successful TV show, movie, and webseries, and the Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce that the guest awards presenters for the 2018 WGC Screenwriting Awards are all talented screenwriters in their own right: Alison Lea Bingeman, Marsha Greene, Rachel Langer, Joseph Kay, Cynthia Knight, Adriana Maggs, Elize Morgan, Jiro Okada, and Sugith Varughese. Find out more: read the press release. The awards are on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto; here's where you'll find ticket information.

WGC Screenwriting Awards Tickets Now on Sale

March 22, 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards, taking place Monday, April 30 at Koerner Hall in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in downtown Toronto. Tickets are $60 for members, and are available by calling the Weston Family Box Office at 416-408-0208 in order to receive the discounted price. Non-member tickets are $110 and are available online. Please note, box office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 12-6 p.m.
 

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WGC Members re: CMPA

March 21, 2018

A note to WGC members regarding the CMPA: on March 19, 2018, the CMPA sent a memo to its members saying that productions for “over the top” (OTT) services such as Netfix may be contracted under Section “F” of the writers’ Independent Production Agreement (IPA). However, broadcast content, (for example, shows on Netflix), has consistently been contracted under Section “C” of the IPA, which includes a Production Fee.  

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Congratulations, CSA Winners

January 16, 2018

Congratulations to the WGC members who won 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. At the final gala, broadcast live March 11, the best drama series went to Anne, best comedy to Kim's Convenience; best sketch comedy to Baroness von Sketch Show, and best limited series to Alias Grace. Plus, Murdoch Mysteries won the Golden Screen Award for Drama for most watched show. Congrats to all the writers! Please continue reading to view all the nominees and the winners in the writing categories of this year's awards. 


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Writers Talking TV: The Detail (Sneak Peek)

March 2, 2018

The Detail is the focus of Writers Talking TV on March 20 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Co-showrunners Adam Pettle and Ley Lukins will talk about the show and screenwriting craft with host Bruce Smith (showrunner of 19-2). It's a great opportunity for WGC members and the public alike to hear from three top Canadian screenwriters and get a sneak peek of the upcoming show, The Detail, which premieres on CTV March 25, 2018. 


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Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

March 8, 2018

On November 23, 2017, the screen-based industry released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence, and established working groups to explore the development of a code of conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. The WGC is proud to be part of this pan-industry movement, and to have contributed to the code of conduct, a first step in achieving these goals. You can read the code of conduct here.


Announcing WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists

February 26, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 22nd annual  WGC Screenwriting Awards. The awards celebrate Canadian screenwriters and the scripts they write in a gala evening hosted by Gavin Crawford, writer, comedian, and host of CBC Radio’s Because News. Gavin’s long-time accomplice, screenwriter Kyle Tingley, is this year’s awards show writer. This year's awards are held on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Please continue reading to see the complete list of finalists. Many thanks to our generous sponsors. And congratulations to our finalists!


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WGC Council and National Forum Election Update

February 22, 2018

Elections are now closed for Central region council positions for the May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020 term and national writers forum delegate positions for Pacific, Central and Quebec regions for the April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020 term. All other positions were elected by acclamation after the close of the election nomination process on Monday, Feb. 19. WGC members please login for complete election details.




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