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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.

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.

WGC Screenwriting Awards: Tickets Now On Sale

March 23, 2015

The WGC Screenwriting Awards celebrate great Canadian screenwriters and their work in a gala event that's one of the best parties of the year. So don't miss it! Tickets now on sale, details below. 

April 27, 2015
Cocktails at 7:00 p.m.
Show at 8:30 p.m. sharp
Reception following show
Hosted by Ryan Belleville
Written by Jeremy Woodcock and Ryan Belleville
Venue: TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto. 273 Bloor St. W.

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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.

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.

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Canadian Screenwriters and Producers Reach New Agreement: 2015-2017 IPA Now in Effect

March 16, 2015

Canadian screenwriters and producers have put into effect the new collective agreement governing English-language screenwriting in Canada. The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) announce today that all parties have ratified the new writers’ Independent Production Agreement (IPA).

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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.

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