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Broadcasters Must Step Up

January 29, 2018

Last summer WGC members fought alongside the Guild to have a flawed CRTC decision re: private broadcasters' minimum spending on Canadian programs sent back to the Commission for reconsideration — and met with success. And during the current CRTC license reconsideration the WGC argues that broadcasters must step up, not step away, from PNI.


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Canadian Screen Awards Nominees

January 16, 2018

Congratulations to the many WGC members who are nominated for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. As well, a special congratulations to our members who wrote four of the five nominated shows in the Best Drama category: Pure, 19-2, Mary Kills People, and Anne. Please continue reading to view all the nominees in the writing categories of this year's awards. 


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Writers Talking TV: Showrunner Smith Corindia

January 8, 2018

The WGC's first "Writers Talking TV" of 2018 features Hard Rock Medical co-showrunner Smith Corindia in conversation with Patrick Tarr, showrunner of Cardinal season three. The critically acclaimed show, broadcast on TVO and APTN, is the story of a diverse group of medical students navigating their way through an offbeat medical training program in Northern Ontario.

Writers Talking TV is a live on-stage writer-to-writer interview, episode screening, and audience Q&A; a great resource for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. 

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto
RSVP: Writers Talking TV is free and open to the public, but please reserve a ticket in advance. Email Elizabeth Ingold, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

@hardrocktv @WGCtweet #HardRockMedical #WritersTalkTV


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Digital Media at the Crossroads: Members Discount

January 8, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to co-sponsor the fourth annual Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) conference in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Conference topics include the future of film and TV content and the "impending crisis facing Canadian production in the audiovisual, music and publishing sectors." This one-day event is of particular interest to screenwriters. The program features key industry leaders, including WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, and promises to be informative, wide-ranging and provocative. Members, login to the website for information about the special WGC rate to attend the conference.


CRTC Survey: How Canadians Consume Content

January 12, 2018

The CRTC has launched a survey on how Canadians consume content. Although the survey focuses primarily on consumption of content, not production, it does pose the question of how important programming made in Canada is to you personally, a question screenwriters as well as members of the public may wish to weigh in on. You'll find the survey here.

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Group Based Licence Renewals Reconsideration

December 19, 2017

In May the CRTC issued a series of decisions on the licence renewals for the television services of large English- and French-language private ownership groups, including Bell, Corus, and Rogers. In its decisions the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing known as programs of national interest (PNI). The WGC, along with other industry groups, formally appealed to the Cabinet of Canada to have these decisions sent back to the CRTC, and the appeal was granted — something with little precedent. It was a significant “win” for the WGC and our members. 

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When Should Members Call the Guild re: Contracting?

December 15, 2017

Some members don’t realize the WGC staff is here to help with issues you may have with your contract or payment. Here’s a handy list of times when you should be talking to the WGC’s agreement administration department.

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WGC Harassment Policy

December 12, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada does not tolerate harassment of our members. It’s more than sexual harassment alone — harassment includes discrimination, bullying, or violence. In order to formalize the Guild’s position, the WGC council has officially adopted the following procedural policy should an instance of harassment occur. If you, as a WGC member, have experienced harassment we want you to feel welcome to come to us, knowing that your Guild will listen, take your concerns very seriously, and guarantee confidentiality. 

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Kidscreen 2018: Writers' Room

December 15, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to host the WGC Writers' Room at Kidscreen 2018. It's an opportunity to meet with some of Canada’s top kids writers, creators and showrunners, who will lead you through a brainstorming session. For more information about the WGC Writers' Room, please have a look here. If you have any questions, or to book an appointment in the Writers' Room, email Aaron Unrau, a.unrau@wgc.ca.


WGC Diversity Initiative

December 19, 2017

In December the WGC council defined diversity for our membership as writers who belong to any of the following groups: Indigenous peoples, people of colour, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. The WGC is also embarking on a new diversity inititative in the new year. 


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

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