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WGC Response to Group-Based Licence Renewals

August 16, 2016

The WGC has submitted its response to the CRTC regarding the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups. (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225.) You'll find the intervention here, in the policy section of the WGC website. 

WGC Members' Films Premiere at TIFF

August 3, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its Canadian roster: congratulations to WGC members Kim Nguyen on the North American premiere of "Two Lovers and a Bear," Jamie Kastner on the world premiere of "The Skyjackers Tale," and Tony Elliott on the world premiere of ARQ, in TIFF's "discovery" program.

CMPA-B.C. "Story Department Internship"

July 12, 2016

The B.C. branch of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and Creative BC are currently running a "story department internship" program. The program provides funds to B.C. production companies to help support the costs of hiring B.C. resident writers working on dramatic television series. While this program provides opportunity to B.C. resident writers, please be aware that as a member of the WGC if you are working with this program and are providing writing or story editing services you must be contracted under the minimum terms of the IPA. This includes industry standard credits, and insurance and retirement benefits. The WGC will be carefully monitoring the program and will have no choice but to begin grievance procedures with producers working in our jurisdiction who fail to comply with the IPA.

Notice To Producers and Payroll Companies

June 23, 2016

This is a reminder to producers and payroll companies that in the event of a strike or lockout at Canada Post, which may occur as early as July 2, 2016, please be aware that the timelines for payments to writers, story editors, and story consultants as set out in the IPA will not change. Payments will continue to be due within 30 days of receipt of material for shows that are not greenlit, and within 15 days for shows that are greenlit, or in production.

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CRTC Launches Group-Based TV Licence Renewal

June 24, 2016

The CRTC launched a public proceeding on June 15 for the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups. English-language groups consist of Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, and Rogers Media.

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BMDS Program Intern Chosen

June 24, 2016

The final jury of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program — Marvin Kaye, Steve Lucas, and Nathalie Younglai — selected the last internship winner of the program after weeks of reviewing submission packages. They chose Natalia Guled from the ranks of this very talented group of eight writers. Congratulations, Natalia, and a big thanks to all of our jurors.

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The WGC in Halifax

June 24, 2016

Earlier this month, the WGC travelled to Halifax and met with Atlantic region members and local industry organizations to discuss the current state of Nova Scotia’s production industry.

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25 Years of the WGC: As Told by Screenwriters

June 7, 2016

The new edition of Canadian Screenwriter magazine is on newsstands now and is also available by subscription. WGC members, as always, receive their copies in the mail. This is a special issue of the magazine celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary with an oral history based on interviews conducted and compiled by screenwriter Steve Lucas. Called "The First 25 Years," it features many WGC members sharing memories and anecdotes. Have a look at this brief excerpt, and then get your copy to read the whole story.

WGC Members Win at Leo Awards

June 6, 2016

Congratulations to WGC members whose work was honoured at the Leo Awards!

Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series
WINNER Jesse McKeown 19-2 - Orphans

Best Screenwriting Television Movie
WINNER Dennis Foon On the Farm

Best Screenwriting Documentary Program or Series
WINNER Jerry Thompson Sonic Magic: The Wonder and Science of Sound

Best Screenwriting Animation Program or Series
WINNER Greg Sullivan Nerds and Monsters - The Falconerd

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Writers Talking TV Podcast Now Available

May 30, 2016

Listen to the podcast of Writers Talking TV from May 25 featuring Slasher showrunner Aaron Martin in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. The podcast includes an interview about writing horror/mystery as well as general conversation about the screenwriting craft, and wraps with questions from the audience. You'll find all of the Writers Talking TV podcasts here.

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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