DHX/Family Channel Deal Approved
August 7, 2014
DHX Media Ltd.'s application to acquire Family Channel, Disney Junior (English), Disney Junior (French), and Disney XD has been approved by the CRTC, on July 24, 2014. These channels were divested by Bell Media Inc. as a condition of their acquisition of Astral Media. The WGC intervened in support of the application, noting that DHX’s proposed tangible benefits package—the financial contributions to the broadcasting system that the CRTC uses, in part, to determine whether a transaction is in the public interest—was consistent with past practice, and included initiatives targeted to development and screenwriter training.
Starlight's Canadian Movie Channel Gets Broadcast Licence
August 7, 2014
Starlight, a new specialty television channel that will be devoted to Canadian movies, in particular, feature films and documentaries intended for theatrical release, received approval for its application for a broadcasting licence from the CRTC on August 6, 2014. Starlight's roster will include Canadian feature films, Canadian feature documentaries, Canadian made-for-TV movies, and programs with or about Canadian creators. All feature films intended for theatrical distribution will be presented without commercial interruption.
Letís Talk TV: WGC CRTC Hearing Date Set
July 29, 2014
On June 27th the WGC submitted its written comments to “Phase 3” of the CRTC’s wide-ranging consultation on Canadian television, “Let’s Talk TV.” To get all the details on the guild's response, please read the WGC Let's Talk TV submission. Follow us on Twitter @WGCTweet and Facebook, as well as here on the WGC website, for updates as the date for the hearing approaches. The first hearing date is Sept. 8th and the WGC has been scheduled to present on the 11th.
Factual Writers' Survey Results
July 29, 2014
In April, the WGC released a survey for writers/story editors working in factual television to get a better understanding of how story telling works in factual entertainment, and of the issues and concerns for writers in the industry. Most respondents to our survey were independent contractors working in Toronto and Vancouver, cities with the largest concentration of factual programming. Respondents reported a great deal of variance in the types of writing duties they perform. And while fees seem relatively healthy, factual writers are taking on many different roles when working on factual programs. The survey helped to confirm that there is little to no union representation on factual programs and that writers who work in this sector do not receive insurance and retirement benefits.
WGC affiliated with The Black List
July 24, 2014
The WGC is now affiliated with The Black List, an organization promoting screenwriters and their scripts to the North American industry and to the world. The Black List, originally created to promote feature film scripts, has now expanded to accept original episodic material, and is designed to help promote scripts that have not yet been produced. WGC members can list scripts and details related to those scripts (genre, format, subject matter etc.), as well as contact details -- for free -- on the highly searchable Black List website.
Paper Registrations Discontinued
July 25, 2014
Please be advised that effective immediately the WGC will discontinue intellectual property registration of paper copies of materials, and will begin phasing out storage of paper registration materials. This notice relates to paper registrations only and does not affect any electronic registrations. We will continue to honor and store existing paper registrations of scripts and other materials at our secure offsite storage facility until they expire.
Anyone who has one or more paper registrations will be provided with ample notice before the material expires and given an opportunity to either provide payment to withdraw the material and have a copy mailed to them, or create an account and register the material electronically on our online registration service.
Please contact Terry Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this service change.
Members' Earnings and Benefits Statements
July 24, 2014
WGC statements of earnings and benefits, which provide details regarding earnings as well as insurance and retirement remittances (processed between Jan. 1-June 30, 2014), are now available online. To access your statement, log in to the members' website and click on the "member toolkit" red button on the member home page. Then select "Get Your Statements & Tax Receipts" to view, print or save your statement. If you require further assistance or need a login I.D. and password to access the site, contact either Dinesh or Terry. Please inform us of any missing projects or unreported income as soon as possible.
WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Intern
July 23, 2014
The WGC and Bell Media are pleased to announce the latest intern to be chosen from the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, western Canada session, Ms. Tami Gaby. Tami, based in Vancouver, will join the writers' room in a Bell Media dramatic series for a 12-week paid internship. Congratulations, Tami!
Harold Greenberg Funding Announced
July 21, 2014
Congratulations to the many WGC members whose feature film scripts are receiving support via Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund, announced this week. Twenty-two projects in all phases of script development are moving ahead through the fund's script development program, including films by the following WGC members: Michael Dowse, Johanna Schneller, Matt Watts, Barbara Samuels, Sherry White, Suzette Couture, Dennis Foon, Chaz Thorne, Adriana Maggs, Howie Wiseman and Alex Epstein. To see the complete list of projects, go to Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund supports Script Development for 22 film projects.
Story Editor Survey
July 14, 2014
What are the issues and concerns that matter most to writers working in story rooms across Canada? How do these issues impact WGC members fees and contract negotiations? The WGC has created a story editor survey for members, intended to shed some light on these important issues. Please continue reading for more details.