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Daryl Duke Prize Deadline Sept. 30

August 28, 2017

The Daryl Duke Prize is for "excellence in a screenplay for an unproduced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story." The prize is intended to provide time and support to a screenwriter to "complete a new draft of the intended work, a copy of which is to be submitted subsequently to the jury." Deadline to apply for the prize (total amount $25,000, awarded in two stages) is Sept. 30. Find out more here.


Open letter to Konrad Yakabuski

August 21, 2017

Konrad Yakabuski published an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail on Aug. 17 with the headline How ‘bold’ will Mélanie Joly’s broadcasting policy be?. It’s a good question, and one the WGC is keen to have answered, hopefully via the Minister’s “vision statement,” upcoming in September. The WGC also agrees that it’s essential to find new funding models that will take Canadian programs into the future, something Yakabuski’s colleague, Kate Taylor, astutely points out in an Aug. 18 article (Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming). And it goes without saying that we want to see more Canadian programs viewed the world over. But just as there is no perfect formula for hit shows, nor is there a magic potion that creates “export potential.” First, you support your creators, and make sure that the support evolves to reflect the new technological realities. But we’d be remiss not to point out that Yakabuski’s article contains some incorrect information about the industry as it stands today, and draws some dubious conclusions. 

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WGC Applauds Government for Rejecting CRTC Decision

August 14, 2017

The WGC is extremely pleased to announce that Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and the federal cabinet have sent back the flawed CRTC decision of May (reducing spending on Canadian programming) for reconsideration. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, speaking to the Globe and Mail about the decision, notes that it's "a very definitive signal to the entire broadcasting community – including the internet service providers – that creators are important to the system. Canadian screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, we’re important to the growth and the health of our industry. Obviously we’re facing many new challenges. … Our broadcasters are going to have to be creative and competitive. Undermining their talent pool, that’s not the answer.”

Read the government's statement about the decision here and the WGC press release here.


Sherry White, Mina Shum Honoured at Birks Diamond Tribute

August 18, 2017

Congratulations to WGC members Sherry White and Mina Shum, who will be honoured at the fifth annual "Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film" at the Toronto International Film Festival. A pan-Canadian jury of 27 arts and cultural journalists and bloggers chose twelve Canadian female screenwriters, directors, and actors for their outstanding work. You can find out more about the tribute here.


WGC Responds to Broadcasters' Open Letter on Cabinet Petition

August 3, 2017

The WGC issued a press release today in response to an open letter in the Hill Times yesterday from broadcaster groups Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media.  In the open letter broadcasters want a recent CRTC decision to slash spending requirements on programs of national interest to stand.  Read our press release here.


Open Letter to Minister Joly

July 24, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada joins industry partners in an open letter asking Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to refer back or set aside the CRTC decisions of May reducing spending on Canadian programming. This programming includes drama, documentaries, children's programs and more, programming that reflects Canada to audiences at home and around the world. You can read the letter to Minister Joly here


Canadian Culture, Creators, and the CRTC

July 24, 2017

"The real issue is the future of Canadian culture. In a nutshell: do Canadians want to create our own, screen-based culture, arguably the most influential global cultural medium today? Or are we willing to be swallowed in one super-sized gulp by the U.S.?" Read the rest of the Huffington Post blog post by WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker here.


WGC Members Meet With MPs re: CRTC

July 21, 2017

WGC members have been busy meeting with their MPS to discuss the damaging CRTC decision, and talk about the important contribution Canadian screenwriters make to Canadian culture. Yesterday the WGC was very pleased to accompany Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin, who sponsored the House of Commons petition regarding the negative CRTC decision, to the Kim's Convenience writers' room and set. A big thanks to Ms. Dabrusin and all of our members who so graciously gave of their time and energy. 
Photo (left to right): Neal McDougall, Kurt Smeaton, Matt Kippen, Nadiya Chettiar, Julie Dabrusin, Kevin White, Ins Choi, Amelia Haller, Anita Kapila, Carly Stone.

Broadcaster Muddies the Waters

July 6, 2017

"Creative groups appeal CRTC funding ruling to cabinet," reads the headline of a recent Globe and Mail article. It's a response to the Cabinet appeals that the WGC and other industry groups filed last week. (View the WGC's Cabinet appeal here.)  In it Barbara Williams, CEO of Corus Entertainment, stated that there were "a number of misperceptions around the [CRTC ruling] including the concern that the changes will negatively impact the production sector.” According to the Globe, Williams went on to say that as a result of the decision broadcasters are actually required to spend more money on Canadian content overall, from PNI to national news programming. 

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Simon Racioppa Joins WGC Council

July 13, 2017

A warm welcome to Simon Racioppa, who has joined the WGC council. Simon is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, and the co-creator of Spliced! as well as co-founder, with Richard Elliott, of Reptile FilmsSimon also sits on the Canadian Screenwriter magazine editorial committee, and has volunteered his time to the WGC in numerous other ways. Find out more about Simon at his website, and also by watching the WGC's animated video set to Simon's own words describing how he became a Canadian screenwriter. 




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

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