WGC's New Director of Strategy and Research
March 28, 2017
Natalia Escobar Bohorquez has joined the guild as the Director of Strategy and Research. Natalia is a 2016 MBA Graduate from the Rotman School of Management. As a corporate lawyer in Colombia Natalia worked in problem resolution, crisis management, negotiations, and strategic planning. She sits on the board of Impact Consulting Group in Toronto. We welcome Natalia to the WGC.
Denis McGrath 1968-2017
March 24, 2017
Today the WGC joins the screenwriting community in mourning Denis McGrath, a longstanding WGC councillor. Denis passed away yesterday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto.
Denis worked tirelessly for the betterment of Canadian screenwriters, as a councillor since 2008, and as a fierce negotiator through the last two rounds of IPA bargaining. He was a sharp, outspoken advocate for screenwriters through social media, and his blog, Dead Things ON Sticks. Denis took on the powers-that-be in the industry, questioning assumptions and challenging ill-informed rhetoric. Denis never gave up a fight.
Kim's Convenience Writing Room Intensive
March 14, 2017
The WGC Writing Room Intensive at the 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference
is now accepting applications. Apply to join Ins Choi and Kevin White of Kim's Convenience
for a full day mock session (April 20) as the Kim's Convenience
writers' room. On April 22 participants will join Ins and Kevin on stage at the conference to finish breaking an episode and present ideas to the audience. It's a great opportunity to work with the two creators behind Kim's Convenience
, available only to WGC members. Get all of the details here
. [Please note, the deadline to apply has now passed.]
MP Arif Virani Visits "Private Eyes" Writers' Room
March 29, 2017
The WGC was pleased to visit the Private Eyes writers' room with Liberal MP Arif Virani last week. Mr. Virani was accompanied by WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker and WGC Policy Analyst Deanna Cadette, and had a chance to talk with the writers about their work, as well as visit the set. A big thanks to showrunner Alan McCullough and all the talented screenwriters in the room!
Jack Gray Remembered
March 17, 2017
Jack Gray, the driving force leading to the creation of the WGC in 1991, died in February of 2017, and the WGC mourns his passing. Jack committed 25 years of his life to working on behalf of Canadian screenwriters, and, as a Globe and Mail obituary notes, he was devoted "to protecting the rights of freelance scriptwriters for film, radio and television in this country –a group he believed were the most vulnerable to exploitation in the creative industries." You can read the full obituary here
WGC Screenwriting Awards: April 24
March 14, 2017
Save the date! The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards take place a little earlier than in the past several years, so please note the gala event date is Monday, April 24, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. You can view the finalists here
. And please join us in welcoming the return of a talented duo: Awards show host, Laurie Elliott, and her awards show co-writer, Terry McGurrin.
Federal Tax Credits Update
March 14, 2017
The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) announced a policy change on March 6 that will allow online-only productions, such as webseries and OTT-exclusive productions, to access the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC).
Can Con in a Digital World Report
March 14, 2017
The government has released a report on what it heard during the "Canadian Content in a Digital World" consultation launched last fall by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. The report (prepared by Ipsos Public Affairs, a research and consulting firm) does not provide statements of policy or intent by the minister or the department. The report is a "synthesis" of feedback collected by Ipsos on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage. (Via the online portal, in-person events etc.) You can read the full consultation report here
The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists
February 16, 2017
The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce this year's WGC Screenwriting Awards finalists. The 21st annual awards also mark the return of a talented duo: Awards host, Laurie Elliott, and awards show writer, Terry McGurrin. The winners of the 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards will be announced at a gala event on Monday, April 24 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. (Ticket information coming soon.) Congratulations to all of our finalists! And thanks to our generous sponsors
WGC Member AFBS Insurance Renewal
February 27, 2017
Every March 1, members' Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) insurance coverage is re-set, or "renewed," based on previous years' earnings. The more members work on contracts in the WGC jurisdiction, the more engagers contribute to members' insurance accounts. This helps cover the cost of AFBS Members' Insurance Program benefits. Members, you may have accumulated a balance in your insurance account, but as your earnings can change each year, your coverage also may have changed. The deadline to take advantage of options related to insurance renewal is March 31, 2017
. Please login to your account at www.afbs.ca
or go to this public link
for more information.