Deadline: WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters
September 21, 2015
The WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program 2015-2016 is open for applications for its final year. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at 9 a.m. EST. Please click here for more information and application materials. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-979-7907 x5280.
WGC Members on TIFF and VIFF Panels
September 11, 2015
Writers Talking TV with Bruce McCulloch
September 3, 2015
Writers Talking TV features Kids in the Hall’s Bruce McCulloch with his comedy series Young Drunk Punk on Sept. 24. Bruce is the series’ creator, showrunner, and one of its stars. Fellow writer Matt Watts will talk to Bruce about his thoughts about creating TV comedy, and the evening includes an audience Q&A. The event is free and open to the public, but make sure to RSVP to email@example.com as seating is limited. (Please continue reading for full details.)
Many Thanks to WGC Mentors
September 11, 2015
As the mentorship period wraps for this year’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program, a big thanks goes out to the WGC members who guided our latest participants through 12 intense weeks of writing. Thank you David Barlow, Richard Clark, Jenn Cowan, Mark Farrell, Karen Hill, Marvin Kaye, Jonathan Lloyd Walker, and Karen Walton! You’ve made an significant difference in the lives of these writers at the beginning of their screenwriting careers.
CMF Consultations Begin
September 3, 2015
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) launches their cross-country consultation on Sept. 9 in Toronto. This round of meetings is of particular importance to the industry in light of the CRTC's Let's Talk TV proceeding last year. As the CMF says, "stakeholders will have an opportunity to consider how significant shifts in content consumption habits, rapidly evolving market conditions and regulatory changes as a result of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV proceeding will impact the CMF’s funding programs." You can find out when and where the meetings are here.
Members Discount to AWC Summit
September 10, 2015
Actors Workshops Canada is offering WGC members a discount to its two day summit Sept. 16-17, and to an event called "From Pitch to Screen: Working in the Big Leagues and Getting the Green Light." For more information, have a look here. If you are interested in the discount ($99 vs $149 for the event; or $199 vs $299 for the event and a breakout meeting) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Soon to a Festival Near You
August 28, 2015
It’s that time of year — the big film festivals have begun announcing their schedules. Numerous WGC members have written films that will be showing at festivals, as the following list of writers with films at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival shows.
WGC at Fan Expo
August 27, 2015
For the 5th straight year, WGC members rub shoulders with cosplayers (and other überfans) to spotlight screenwriters at the 21st annual Fan Expo in Toronto. The WGC presents two panels, as follows.
Dance-Driven Drama: Writing The Next Step features writer-producers Chloe van Keeken and Rachael Schaefer, cast member Jordan Clark (Giselle), and moderator Jason Leaver: Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5:15 p.m. (room 703).
CRTC Policy Interventions Update
August 31, 2015
The CRTC's Let’s Talk TV proceeding wound up this spring with the release of a number of policy decisions that will change the television landscape. Among them, the Commission eliminated the genre exclusivity policy and announced that a number of broadcast licence categories would be consolidated and streamlined. This summer, several broadcasters filed applications to implement some of those changes, and the WGC intervened in a number of those applications. You can view these and all of the WGC’s CRTC interventions here.
Thanks, WGC, from Rama Rau
August 12, 2015