New WGC Producer Remittance Entry System
February 19, 2015
The WGC has developed a new application for producers to remit their writer payments and information online. The new application, called the Producer Remittance Entry System (PRES), is available to all producers who are remitting to the Guild and is both a green initiative to replace existing paper remittances and a time-saving opportunity for both producers and the Guild.
We have prepared an short screencast for you to watch to learn about the new system available here and if interested in applying to use PRES or for further information please email Terry Mark at email@example.com.
CRTC Announcement re: CanCon (March 12)
March 12, 2015
On March 12 Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, delivered a speech about some of the thinking to come out of the Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians process it initiated in 2013. In his speech Chairman Blais shared some preliminary thoughts about how the Commission views the future of screen-based "content" made by Canadians. You can read the speech here, and the full policy here. The WGC has looked closely at the decision, to analyze the specifics, and the implications for writers. The guild voiced its preliminary response in a press release soon after the March 12 announcement, which you can read here.
If you are a WGC member, log on to the website using your user name and password to read the guild's overview for members.
WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists
February 23, 2015
Congratulations to the finalists in the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. The awards take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning's Koerner Hall, and are hosted this year by Ryan Belleville, and written by Jeremy Woodcock in collaboration with Ryan Belleville. View the WGC Screenwriting Awards finalists here.
Talk TV "Unbundling" Announcement (March 19)
March 20, 2015
On March 19 the CRTC released its third major decision related to the “Let’s Talk TV” regulatory review of Canadian television, and as many expected it included mandatory unbundling of cable/satellite channels so that Canadians can purchase individual services rather than taking large bundles. What follows are some of the WGC's initial thoughts on the announcement. WGC members, please also log on to the website (using your user name and password) to read the members' overview of the CRTC's March 12 decisions.
Workshop leader, Steve Lucas
March 20, 2015
The WGC is pleased to announce Steve Lucas as workshop leader for the next Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program (BMDS) bootcamp, to be held in Toronto in May. Steve has more than 30 years writing, producing, showrunning and story-editing experience, with credits including The Border and Blue Murder. He also brings an extensive background in designing and delivering television-training programs. Steve is currently program coordinator and screenwriting instructor of Centennial College’s new Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen post-graduate program. We look forward to the innovations he will bring to the BMDS curriculum.
Canadian Heritage, Feature Film
March 20, 2015
The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage began hearings in its study on the Canadian feature film industry late last month, and is expected to continue through the spring. The objectives of the study are to:
a) Examine the effectiveness of government funding programs
b) Explore ways to promote the value of the industry, the quality production services offered in Canada, and the exceptional content that is created by Canadians
c) Make recommendations to the government regarding support for the Canadian film industry, and report its findings to the House
The WGC has been listed as a priority witness in the study, and plans to make representations before the committee on the issues and concerns of screenwriters.
Writers Talking TV: Sunnyside
February 20, 2015
Writers Talking TV on March 12, 2015 features Sunnyside showrunners, Gary Pearson and Dan Redican, and head writer, Jan Caruana, talking about writing sketch comedy for TV. Fellow writer Simon Racioppa will host the event, which is free and open to the public.
What: Screening of Sunnyside, interview, audience Q&A
When: March 12, 7 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto
Please RSVP to Elaine Jacob, firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat.
WGC Writers Win Big at Canadian Screen Awards
February 26, 2015
WGC screenwriters won big last night at a packed gala for the Canadian Screen Awards, hosted by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Of particular note: the Margaret Collier Award was presented to Tassie Cameron, showrunner of Rookie Blue. The Margaret Collier Award is presented to a writer for "a body of work in Canadian film and/or television, or for significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian film and/or television." Congratulations to Tassie, and to all of the winning writers!
WGC Screenwriting Awards Update
February 20, 2015
We’re pleased to announce that writer, actor, and comedian Ryan Belleville will host the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards, held on April 27, 2015 at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto. The show will be written by stand-up/sketch comedian and writer Jeremy Woodcock, in collaboration with Ryan Belleville.
Finalists for this year’s WGC Screenwriting Awards will be announced on Monday February 23. Stay tuned!
Please note that nominations are still open for two key awards:
WGC Showrunner Award: Deadline, March 10, 2015
The Sondra Kelly Award: Deadline March 6, 2015
Important Member Meetings
February 11, 2015
Members are invited to come to meetings in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal to discuss the details of newly negotiated 2015-2017 Independent Production Agreement (IPA) in person. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, WGC councillors, and executive staff members will be present at all three meetings. Details of the new IPA will be presented at the meetings, followed by a Q&A. Drinks and snacks will also be served. We look forward to seeing you there. Meeting locations: