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WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners

April 27, 2015

We're proud to announce the winners of the WGC Screenwriting Awards! The awards were hosted by Ryan Belleville on Monday night at Koerner Hall in Toronto, and it was a great evening of celebrating the work of WGC members. (You can see some photos from the evening here.) Thanks to everyone who helped make the 19th annual awards a success, and congratulations to all of the winners:


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Diverse Screenwriters Workshop in Toronto

May 1, 2015

Featuring an impressive array of guests, the Toronto workshop for the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program kicked off Monday May 4. The week-long bootcamp led by Steve Lucas took our latest group of eight emerging and mid-career writers through sessions such as "inside the writers room," "how to pitch to broadcasters," "improving your craft," and "understanding the business aspects of the craft."

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Celebrate Canada's Screenwriters: WGC Awards

April 14, 2015

The WGC Screenwriting Awards, held at the elegant Koerner Hall in Toronto, take place on April 27, 2015. The awards are hosted by writer, actor, and comedian Ryan Belleville, and are co-written with stand-up/sketch comedian Jeremy Woodcock. The WGC Screenwriting Awards have a unique focus: it’s all about screenwriter and script. Guest presenters include X Company’s Connor Price, Sunnyside’s Patrice Goodman, and Saving Hope's Wendy Crewson. They will be joined onstage by showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company), Gary Pearson (Sunnyside), and Adam Pettle (Saving Hope). Please read the press release here.


Nova Scotia Government’s Film Tax Credit Slash

April 9, 2015

The WGC issued a press release today protesting the Nova Scotia government’s decision to cut the Film Industry Tax Credit, essentially reducing its value by 75%. The province’s Liberal government has stated that Nova Scotia had among the most generous provincial tax credits in the country, but now it will have among the least effective. While 75% of the tax credit will remain as a non-refundable credit, this portion is unlikely to be available for what tax credits are used for: financing production.

Please read the press release for more information.


New IPA Now Online

April 6, 2015

The new Independent Production Agreement, negotiated by the WGC, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM), is now available online as a PDF document. This agreement sets the terms of engagement until December 31, 2017. (Contracts dated March 16, 2015 or after will fall under the new agreement. Contracts dated before will still be governed by the prior agreement, regardless of when they go into production.) Please have a look under the "Agreement & Signatories" menu tab for the full document.


Factual TV Writers’ Mixer

April 8, 2015

WGC hosts a factual TV writers’ mixer in Toronto on April 9. If you are a Toronto member who works in the factual sector, please come mingle with other writer colleagues (and enjoy some free drinks and snacks while you’re at it). Members are encouraged to bring other factual writers along to the event. Non-members are also welcome. Please see details below: 


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CMF 2015-16 Program Guidelines, Budget

April 8, 2015

On March 30, the Canada Media Fund released its 2015-2016 program guidelines and budget. There was good news on the budget front, with a 2% increase in the CMF’s program allocation, from $368 million to $375.2 million. While a positive development, the CMF reported that the boost came from “underspending in some 2014-2015 programs, revenues from tangible benefits and one-time adjustments of revenues from broadcast distribution undertakings (BDU) in 2014-2015.”


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Special WGC Rate for Toronto Screenwriting Conference

March 31, 2015

This year's Toronto Screenwriting Conference takes place April 11 and 12, and the WGC has a dedicated rate of $333 for members to attend. As well, the guild will be presenting the TSC "screenwriters' social" on April 11 at 5:30 p.m., a great opportunity to network with fellow screenwriters.

Some TSC highlights:

  • "In the Writing Room on 19-2" with WGC showrunner Bruce Smith
  • WGA Showrunner program founder, Jeff Melvoin, on "Running the Show, Moving from Writer to Showrunner"
  • Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Corey Mandell, "Creating the Successful TV Series Engine."

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WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program - New Writers Chosen

March 30, 2015

The WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program is proud to present its newest group of writers. The program, in its fifth year, is designed to bring new voices and perspectives into the writers’ rooms of English-language Canadian television series.

The following writers from eastern Canada (including Ontario) were chosen to participate, based on submissions that included a synopsis for an original drama or comedy series that will be developed over the course of the program. Congratulations to all:

•    Diana Braithwaite
•    Romeo Candido
•    Amanda Lo
•    Rachel Reddy
•    Desmond Sargeant
•    Aaron Setton
•    Richard Sibblies
•    Richard Young


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Presenters for WGC Screenwriting Awards Announced

March 27, 2015

The WGC Awards are coming up on April 27, 2015 (tickets now on sale) and we're very pleased to announce two of the actor/showrunner teams who will present at the awards: Connor Price with Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company), and Patrice Goodman with Gary Pearson (Sunnyside). More presenters will be announced prior to the awards, and we thank all of our presenters.




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