WGC at Fan Expo 2014
July 11, 2014
For the fourth straight year the WGC will have a strong presence at Fan Expo in Toronto (Aug. 28-31) with a series of fan-oriented screenwriting panels. Fan Expo is huge — the third largest pop culture event in North America, drawing over 120,000 fans (according to organizers). Past WGC panels include “Send in the Clones: Writing Orphan Black,” “Writing, Making and Selling Your Web Series,” “Animation Adaptation,” and “Fan Panel: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.” Stay tuned to the WGC website for details on the WGC panels at Fan Expo 2014.
WGC's Maureen Parker: Playback's Union Report
July 9, 2014
Playback Online's 2014 "unions and guilds report" is now publicly available, and in it WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker addresses questions on challenges faced by the guild, as well as speaking to some of the guild's many recent successes. As Playback's introduction to the feature frames it: "While the Canadian production sector is thriving, new media continues to put pressure on Canada’s unions, guilds and professional associations," noting that change can also be a time when unions and guilds thrive. Find out how organizations including ACTRA, the DGC, the CMPA, and the SCGC view current industry realities, starting with 2014 Unions & Guilds Report: WGC.
Writers Talking TV Makes News
July 2, 2014
Last week's edition of Writers Talking TV (WTTV), featuring Bitten showrunner Daegan Fryklind, inspired two TV journalists to write pieces about WTTV, Daegan, and about the Canadian screenwriting community. Have a look at Writers Guild invites aspiring talent to take a ‘bite’ (TV Guide Canada) and Bitten - Set Visit and WTTV Event with Daegan Fryklind SpoilerTV.com). And if you'd like to listen to any of the WTTV podcasts, including Daegan's conversation about Bitten with host Denis McGrath, you can access the archive here.
WGC's Response to CRTC's Let's Talk TV
June 27, 2014
The WGC has filed our submission to the CRTC regarding the commission's “Let’s Talk TV” Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-190. Let's Talk TV is an effort to create a new framework for the Canadian television system, and the WGC's response makes sure that the interests of writers are supported.
In the spirit of the Let’s Talk TV process, the submission begins by sharing our vision for Canadian television. As well, we respond to specific issues in the notice that are of particular importance to our members and to the Canadian broadcasting system. You can read the entire submission here, under WGC policy issues.
Rick Mercer, David Cronenberg, Order of Canada
July 4, 2014
Congratulations to WGC members Rick Mercer and David Cronenberg. Rick was named to the Order of Canada this week for his "ability to inspire and challenge Canadians through humour," and for his charity work. Renowned filmmaker David Cronenberg is being promoted to "companion," the highest level within the order. We salute them both.
Listen to WTTV Bitten Podcast
June 24, 2014
It was a great night at Writers Talking TV (WTTV) on June 23rd at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bitten showrunner Daegan Fryklind talked with Denis McGrath, fellow writer, WGC councillor and host of the evening, about the challenges of adapting a popular series of books to the TV screen. An enthusiastic audience watched an episode of the show, and had their turn to ask Daegan questions as well. If you weren't able to attend, listen to the podcast, available now.
Thanks to Members at Vancouver/T.O. Meetings
June 26, 2014
Thanks to members who came to recent member meetings in Toronto and Vancouver. In Toronto, members had the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with WGC President Jill Golick and Executive Director Maureen Parker, and the Vancouver meeting was hosted by Maureen Parker and WGC Councillor Dennis Heaton.
Topics ranging from IPA bargaining priorities to ongoing issues such as “Let’s Talk TV” were the order of the day. In Vancouver Maureen Parker also met with writers and story editors working in Vancouver’s factual sector. This was a continuation of discussions held in the spring - it's a work in progress, and the conversation will continue when the guild is back in Vancouver in October.
Thanks to everyone who took time out to attend these important meetings.
Hannah Moscovitch Wins Trillium, Makes History
June 18, 2014
Hannah Moscovitch, currently working on the upcoming TV drama, CampX, has won the Trillium Book Award, and made history doing so. Hannah won the $20,000 prize for her play, This is War (about Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan), becoming the first playwright to win the prize in its 27-year history. Congratulations, Hannah!
Sprint, for Your Script
June 13, 2014
The WGC invites Quebec-based writers to enter the 16th edition of Sprint for Your Script. This year, the competition is for the best short comedy screenplay, live-action or animated. Writers must be between 18 and 35 years of age and have embarked on a professional career in screenwriting. Finalists in the contest benefit from workshops with seasoned screenwriters, and of course, there are prizes. Please continue reading for full details.
Tassie Cameron Wins Sea to Sky Award
June 13, 2014
Congratulations to Rookie Blue showrunner, Tassie Cameron, on her "Rockies" win at the Banff World Media Festival. Tassie won the Sea to Sky Innovative Producer Award. Tassie, (known to some as "Rookie Blue's top cop") has written everything from children’s TV to MOWs to a critically-acclaimed drama about journalism, The Eleventh Hour. In April 2011, she was awarded the WGC Showrunner award, and she's still going strong with the popular cop show, Rookie Blue.