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WGC Members' Shows at CITF

November 10, 2014

The upcoming Canadian International TV Festival (CITF) puts the spotlight on a number of shows written by WGC members. The festival (Nov. 14-23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox) features the WGC's Writers Talking TV, with Strange Empire creator, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, interviewed by fellow WGC member, writer Denis McGrath, on Nov. 20. And there are lots of other events that writers and fans of Canadian TV will be interested in. Please have a look at the following lineup, and make sure to reserve your free tickets.

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WTTV: Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik

November 6, 2014

The WGC's next Writers Talking TV event is coming up on Nov. 20, as part of the Canadian International TV Festival. The featured writer is the creator of Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik. Laurie will talk with fellow writer and WGC councillor Denis McGrath about the show, and an episode will be screened. The event wraps with a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are free, but must be reserved at Event Brite. For full details, please continue reading.

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Murdoch and Heartland Milestones

November 4, 2014

This fall sees milestone moments for two shows penned by WGC members. Heartland celebrated its 125th episode recently, making it the longest running one-hour drama in Canadian television history. And Murdoch Mysteries celebrated its 100th episode on November 3. Congratulations to showrunners Heather Conkie (Heartland) and Peter Mitchell (Murdoch Mysteries), and to all of the talented writers who have worked on both shows.

Members' Earnings and Benefits Statements

November 4, 2014

WGC statements of member earnings and benefits are now online. They provide detail regarding earnings and insurance and retirement remittances processed by the Guild between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2014. To access your statement, log onto the WGC website and click the red "Member Toolkit" button on the members' home page. Then select "Get Your Statements & Tax Receipts." If you require further assistance email or

CRTC Denies Super Channel

November 4, 2014

The CRTC has denied Super Channel's application to lower spending requirements, agreeing with the WGC and other interveners who opposed the application. The application, by Allarco Entertainment, proposed that $6 million in expenditures for script and concept development should count towards its normal Canadian programming expenditure requirements. Allarco argued that the $6 million spending requirement was inconsistent with the requirements of other pay television channels, and that financial challenges facing the service necessitated the amendment.

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Nominations Sought, Jim Burt Prize

October 23, 2014

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform screenwriting talent. It does so by awarding development support to an exceptionally promising unproduced longform screenplay, one which tells a Canadian story.

The winner, announced at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 27, 2015, will be presented with a total prize worth $3,500. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and $2,000 will be allotted for an experienced story editor of the jury’s choosing in order to further develop their script.  

Deadline for entries: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. EST

Click here for eligibility info and nomination form.

Tassie Cameron, Margaret Collier Award Recipient

October 21, 2014

Tassie Cameron, Gemini Award-winning screenwriter, has been named as the recipient of this year's Margaret Collier Award, to be presented during the 2015 Canadian Screen Week (Feb. 23-March 1, 2015). The Margaret Collier Award is given 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."

Tassie has written a wide range of television, and is currently co-creator, showrunner and executive producer of the hit series, Rookie Blue. Its sixth season begins airing on Global and ABC in the summer of 2015. Congratulations, Tassie, on recognition that is well-deserved!

WGC at Reel Asian

October 17, 2014

WGC members Sadiya Durrani, Nathalie Younglai, and Deanna Cadette, the WGC's policy analyst and director of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program, will be taking part in a panel called "Diversity and Canadian Media" on Nov. 7, 2014 as part of the Reel Asian International Film Festival. The panel will address this question, among others: "With American TV networks embracing diverse stories and casting, where does the Canadian entertainment industry stand?" You can find out more at the Reel Asian website.

Factual TV Writers' Mixer

October 15, 2014

Vancouver-based factual television writers are invited to mix and mingle with writer colleagues at an event that is open to both WGC members and non-members. Please click on "read more" for full details.


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Warsaw Resolutions

October 9, 2014

The WGC was at the third World Conference of Screenwriters in Warsaw earlier this month, one of thirty guilds from around the world attending. During the conference two significant resolutions were passed, one, the "Women's Resolution," calling for industry members to set a goal of having 50% of scripts across genres and at every budget level written by women. The second resolution, the "Warsaw Resolution," has to do with "the essential role of the creator and his/her singular vision in the production of quality television." The Danish model of  “one vision” was proposed by the resolution, a model that "has respect for creators at its core, as the industry standard to be adopted by broadcasters, digital subscription services, funding agencies, producers and studios." Please click on the above links, or on "read more," to view both resolutions. 

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