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:
Members, Listen to IPA Teleconference Podcast
February 13, 2015
On Tuesday., Feb 10, 2015, WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker presented details of the proposed IPA agreement in a members-only teleconference. WGC Councillor Denis McGrath moderated the conversation, and members' emailed questions were answered during the call. A podcast of the teleconference is now available for WGC members; please login to the members' website and listen here.
Writers Talking TV: X COMPANY a Hit
February 10, 2015
This week the WGC was proud to present a sneak preview of X COMPANY, with showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis of Flashpoint fame. The crowd at TIFF Bell Lightbox was treated to a screening of the first episode, and a lively conversation guided by moderator and fellow writer James Hurst. The response to the show itself, a WWII espionage tale inspired by an actual camp (Camp X), a spy training operation on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, was uniformly positive. After the show goes to air on CBC TV Feb. 18 look for the Writers Talking TV podcast, here on the WGC site or at iTunes.
"Simsub" and Its Impact on Screenwriters
February 20, 2015
Simultaneous substitution will remain in place, but not for the Super Bowl, starting in 2017. That was one of the key decisions announced by CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais in a speech to the London Chamber of Commerce on January 29. Blais also revealed that conventional broadcasters such as CBC, CTV, and Global will have to continue to broadcast over the air; and that Bell and Videotron cannot privilege their mobile customers by exempting them from data usage charges for their own mobile video apps.
John Hunter 1938-2015
February 17, 2015
We note with sadness that leading Canadian screenwriter John Hunter has died. John Hunter was known for work including The Grey Fox, Dead Man's Gun, Hollywood North, and The Hard Part Begins. The award-winning writer (among his many awards was a WGC Top Ten Award) also made a significant contribution as a mentor to young writers in this country, and to the WGC itself. Ultimately John Hunter was noted for, as his obituary put it, "complex and imaginative thinking, succinct writing, and repose." Please read the obituary at the Globe and Mail to learn more about John Hunter's career.
Members' Teleconference Feb. 10, 7 p.m. EST
February 10, 2015
WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker presents details of the proposed IPA agreement in a members-only teleconference on Tuesday Feb 10 at 7 p.m. As well, members are invited to send in questions by email for the interactive teleconference. WGC Councillor Denis McGrath will be moderating. An email address and teleconference number has been sent privately to members. You can also obtain the email and teleconference number by logging in to the WGC members' website with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, contact Dinesh Thurairajah, Jasmina Ruzic, or Terry Mark.
WTTV: X COMPANY Showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern
January 20, 2015
We're excited to announce a sneak preview (Feb. 9) of the upcoming CBC TV World War ll spy thriller, X COMPANY, from award-winning showrunners and Flashpoint creators Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis. Stephanie and Mark will be interviewed by WGC screenwriter James Hurst (Flashpoint, Degrassi), and following the screening audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. Read more for full details.
Members: Essential IPA Ratification Information
February 2, 2015
WGC Members are invited to come to meetings in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal to discuss the details of the tentative agreement the WGC has reached with the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) on a new Independent Production Agreement (IPA). As well, members are invited to send in questions by email for an interactive teleconference on Tuesday Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. EST. A ratification package will be sent to eligible voters this upcoming weekend. Details follow:
Seeking Workshop Leader and Mentors
January 30, 2015
The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program is in its fifth and final year. The program was created to connect writers of diverse backgrounds with members of the Canadian television industry, and industry professionals with rising talent. The program has been a success, with many alumni going on to careers in the industry. WGC members' involvement has been invaluable, as workshop leaders, mentors, and guest speakers. Currently the program is seeking one workshop leader and several mentors for the final session. The deadline to apply for these paid positions is Feb. 20, 2015. Full details here.
Nova Scotia Tax Credit and Writers
January 28, 2015
The Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board is reviewing the province’s regulatory and tax policies, including its film and television production tax credit. The Film Industry Tax Credit (FITC) is one of Nova Scotia’s key production supports, so when the WGC heard just over a year ago, in an apparent change of practice, that writers’ fees were not being included as an eligible cost in calculating the credit, there was cause for concern.