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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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Annual Holiday Party

October 9, 2014

Yes, we know, it's not even Halloween yet! But, WGC members, it's never too early to save the date for one of the best parties of the year. This year the party is on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at The Raq, the same great venue as last year. So pen it in, and expect more details about time etc. as the date approaches. (Please note, the party is open to WGC members and other invited guests only.)


The WGC's "Let's Talk TV" Response

October 6, 2014

The WGC appeared at the CRTC public hearing known as "Let's Talk TV" on Sept. 11, 2014. At that time the CRTC's vice-chairman, broadcasting, Tom Pentefountas, began by noting the change currently occurring in the broadcasting system and the risks of inaction, and asked simply, “What would you do different?” The guild expands on our answer to that question in our written submission to the CRTC. Find out more, read the WGC's final submission to the CRTC's Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-190-3.


Industry Must Address Gender Inequality

October 3, 2014

Women have the talent, experience and ambition to participate as equals in every aspect of the film and television industry. What stands in the way is institutional gender bias.

Yesterday, at the World Conference of Screenwriters held in Warsaw, Poland, member guilds of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) as well as members of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe, passed a resolution to call on the television and film industry to directly address the issue of gender inequality in the industry. The resolution asks industry members to set a goal of having 50% of scripts across genres and at every budget level written by women. Jill Golick, president of the Writers Guild of Canada, and outgoing chair of the IAWG's policy and research group, presented the resolution to the assembly, where it was adopted unanimously.


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You Be the Judge

October 3, 2014

WGC members, note that judges are needed for the the 19th annual WGC Awards. Reports from previous years’ judges are that it’s a lot of fun (and of course of considerable professional value) to read the excellent scripts that are nominated. Please email awards@wgc.ca if you are interested.


Aaron Bala Wins Internship

October 3, 2014

The Writers Guild of Canada and Bell Media are pleased to announce the latest winner of the internship connected to the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program, Aaron Bala. He will join the writers’ room of a Bell Media dramatic series for a paid internship.

Aaron obtained a degree in criminology from the University of Toronto in 2011. The following year he attended the Television Writing and Production program at Humber College, where he produced and directed two short films and interned in Bell Media’s independent production department.


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Nominations Call: WGC Screenwriting Awards

October 1, 2014

On April 27, 2015, the Writers Guild of Canada will hold the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. Nominations (which can only be made by WGC members) are now open, and the deadline is Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EST. But why wait until the last minute? WGC members, log on, visit Current Awards 2015 for full details, and nominate a script today, in any of the following categories.

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Writers Talking Feature Film: The F Word

September 16, 2014

The WGC's inaugural "Writers Talking Feature Film" event took place September 30, featuring Elan Mastai, writer of "The F Word,"  in conversation with Michael McGowan, writer of "Still Mine." The theatre was full, and an eager audience peppered Elan with questions after the screening. If you weren't able to attend, you will be able to hear the conversation podcast on the WGC website, as well as at iTunes -- details to come.


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Job Posting: Jury Members

September 30, 2014

Tthe WGC is looking for members to fill positions as jurors, in connection with the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. You can read a description of the jury member position here.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

Please note: We will also be looking for two workshop leaders and 16 mentors to work with the program starting in January, 2015. Stay tuned for details.


IAWG and World Screenwriters' Conference

September 29, 2014

The WGC meets with other writers’ organizations from around the world at the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) meetings in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The IAWG works to further the cause of screenwriters worldwide by lobbying efforts and “collective action, mutual support and common representation internationally.” The meetings are being held in conjunction with the World Conference of Screenwriters, attended by WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, WGC councillor Denis McGrath, and WGC member Peter Mohan, all of whom are participating in (and in some cases moderating) a range of screenwriting-related panels. For more information, have a look at the World Conference of Screenwriters website.




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