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Canadian Culture, Creators, and the CRTC

July 24, 2017

"The real issue is the future of Canadian culture. In a nutshell: do Canadians want to create our own, screen-based culture, arguably the most influential global cultural medium today? Or are we willing to be swallowed in one super-sized gulp by the U.S.?" Read the rest of the Huffington Post blog post by WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker here.


WGC Members Meet With MPs re: CRTC

July 21, 2017

WGC members have been busy meeting with their MPS to discuss the damaging CRTC decision, and talk about the important contribution Canadian screenwriters make to Canadian culture. Yesterday the WGC was very pleased to accompany Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin, who sponsored the House of Commons petition regarding the negative CRTC decision, to the Kim's Convenience writers' room and set. A big thanks to Ms. Dabrusin and all of our members who so graciously gave of their time and energy. 
Photo (left to right): Neal McDougall, Kurt Smeaton, Matt Kippen, Nadiya Chettiar, Julie Dabrusin, Kevin White, Ins Choi, Amelia Haller, Anita Kapila, Carly Stone.

Broadcaster Muddies the Waters

July 6, 2017

"Creative groups appeal CRTC funding ruling to cabinet," reads the headline of a recent Globe and Mail article. It's a response to the Cabinet appeals that the WGC and other industry groups filed last week. (View the WGC's Cabinet appeal here.)  In it Barbara Williams, CEO of Corus Entertainment, stated that there were "a number of misperceptions around the [CRTC ruling] including the concern that the changes will negatively impact the production sector.” According to the Globe, Williams went on to say that as a result of the decision broadcasters are actually required to spend more money on Canadian content overall, from PNI to national news programming. 

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Simon Racioppa Joins WGC Council

July 13, 2017

A warm welcome to Simon Racioppa, who has joined the WGC council. Simon is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, and the co-creator of Spliced! as well as co-founder, with Richard Elliott, of Reptile FilmsSimon also sits on the Canadian Screenwriter magazine editorial committee, and has volunteered his time to the WGC in numerous other ways. Find out more about Simon at his website, and also by watching the WGC's animated video set to Simon's own words describing how he became a Canadian screenwriter. 


WGC Asks Government to Reject CRTC Decisions

June 27, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada has filed an appeal to Cabinet about the recent, potentially disastrous CRTC broadcasting decisions 2017-149 and 150. The decisions have created deep concern in the Canadian screenwriting community for good reason: they slash private broadcaster funding to Canadian programs by 40% and could lead to over $200 million in reduced broadcaster spending on Canadian shows over a five-year licence term. 

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Members: How to Get Involved re: CRTC

June 20, 2017

The CRTC’s recent cuts to the minimum financial contributions that private broadcasters make to drama, comedy, kids and other TV programming could severely reduce jobs for screenwriters, and have a negative impact on Canadian audiences and Canadian culture. We’re fighting hard to turn this around on a number of fronts, but we also need members on the front lines. You'll find the info you need under the "Policy Issues" menu tab on the WGC website. Just login to the WGC website to view. If you have forgotten your login info, please contact d.thurairajah@wgc.ca, or j.ruzic@wgc.ca, or t.mark@wgc.ca

House of Commons Petition re: CRTC Decision

June 16, 2017

The electronic petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage voicing concern about the recent CRTC decision re: licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers has over 5,000 signatures at time of writing. We hope that members and anyone concerned about the future of Canadian on-screen storytelling will sign the petition. Please continue reading for more details.

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Come to Important WGC Meetings

May 30, 2017

Members, please come to one of the following important member meetings if at all possible: Montreal (June 7), Toronto (June 14), and Vancouver (June 21). Email e.ingold@wgc or logon to the website with your user name and password to get full details. The Guild will share vital information at these meetings, and it's also a great way for members to catch up with fellow screenwriters and WGC staff over drinks and snacks. 

 


WGC Meets with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly

June 2, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada was very pleased to meet with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to talk about significant issues faced by Canadian screenwriters and audiences everywhere who enjoy Canadian content. Talented screenwriters Cynthia Knight (Mohawk Girls), Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny), WGC President Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), Executive Director Maureen Parker, and Director of Policy Neal McDougall, joined Minister Joly and staff in Ottawa on Thursday. It was rewarding to have screenwriters — the creators whose work kick-starts the entire Canadian TV and film industry — meet with Minister Joly firsthand.

CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster

May 16, 2017

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing. 
 
“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.”
 
View the whole press release here. Members wishing to find out more about the CRTC decision, please login to the website with your user name and password.
 



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