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WTTV: Wishfart June 28

June 12, 2018

Wishfart, the new animated series created by  Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, is centre-stage at Writers Talking TV on June 28, hosted by Mike Kiss (writer on Fangbone!, Grojband, and Max & Shred, among others). Expect a lively conversation about writing animation!
Writers Talking TV is the WGC's live, on-stage writer-to-writer interview, and it's a great opportunity for screenwriters, screenwriter-hopefuls, and anyone interested in the industry to hear about what goes on behind the scenes writing a show. It's free and open to the public — please just RSVP to secure a seat. 

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WGC Commends Canadian Government

June 6, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada strongly commends the government of Canada's decision to modernize the legislative framework for broadcasting and telecommunications and its appointment of a panel of experts in the cultural and communications sectors to help guide the way. This forward-thinking development was announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on June 5, 2018. Read the WGC's press release.

WGC Members Take Home Leo Awards

June 4, 2018

Congratulations to WGC members Sarah Dodd, who won the Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series category of the recent Leo Awards for Cardinal: Blackfly - Red, and to James Phillips and Doug Barber, who won Best Screenwriting Television Movie for Serialized. The Leo Awards celebrate excellence in British Columbia television and film; to view all of the 2018 winners please go to the Leo Awards website.

WGC Asks CRTC to Uphold Canadian Content

May 10, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada has weighed in on the second, crucial stage of the reconsideration of the flawed CRTC decision of May 2017. In that decision, the CRTC essentially slashed private broadcaster minimum spending on Canadian programs by 40 per cent. The WGC, along with other industry groups, successfully appealed to the Cabinet of Canada, resulting in the decision being sent back to the Commission for reconsideration. Get the full story: read the press release here and the WGC's CRTC submission here.

Leo Awards Nominees

May 15, 2018

Congratulations to the WGC members nominated for the upcoming Leo Awards, which celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and televison. You can view all of the nominees on the Leo Awards website — please continue reading to view the nominees in the screenwriting categories. 

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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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Canadian Screenwriter summer 2018 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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