New Term Begins for WGC Council
May 9, 2016
The new term for the WGC council has begun, and runs from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2018. You can view the WGC council here. As well, the new term for national forum delegates runs from May 3, 2016 to April 30, 2018. The WGC is grateful to the dedicated writers on council and forum for all of their time and assistance.
Members Nominated for Leo Awards
May 13, 2016
Congratulations to all our members nominated for 2016 Leo Awards in the screenwriting categories. The Leo Awards take place May 28 and June 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
The WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners
May 2, 2016
The WGC Screenwriting Awards, hosted by Elvira Kurt and co-written by Jeremy Woodcock and Ryan Belleville, were presented at Koerner Hall in Toronto on May 2nd. Congratulations to all of the talented award winners!
Jazz-FM's WGC Screenwriting Awards Report
May 4, 2016
TV, radio, and online media was out in full force for the 2016 WGC Screenwriting Awards, including Jazz-FM. Jazz-FM's senior arts editor attended the awards, interviewing WGC members Clement Virgo, Lawrence Hill, Amanda Wash, Anita Kapila and Marvin Kaye. You can listen to the piece here.
Elvira Kurt Hosts WGC Screenwriting Awards
April 25, 2016
The WGC is pleased to announce that Elvira Kurt, multiple-award winning comic and writer, will host the 2016 WGC Screenwriting Awards on May 2 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Also making news today: our special awards winners. Congratulations to the following talented WGC members.
Major CanCon Consultation Launched
April 27, 2016
The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, has announced a major consultation for Canadian content in the digital era. Minister Joly was quoted in a Globe and Mail article on April 23 saying the following:
WGC Awards Presenters Announced
April 18, 2016
The WGC Screenwriting Awards are coming up Monday May 2 and presenters include The F Word screenwriter Elan Mastai, What Would Sal Do? showrunner Andrew De Angelis with star Dylan Taylor, powerhouse couple Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness (Shoot the Messenger), Mohawk Girls showrunner Cynthia Knight, documentary writer Michael McNamara (The Cholesterol Question), and Jessie Gabe, writer of Cas & Dylan. You can view this year's finalists here. In addition to the eight awards handed out at the gala, a full slate of special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, the Alex Barris Mentorship Award, and the Sondra Kelly Award, will also be presented. You can find awards ticket information here.
WGC Partners with TSC
April 5, 2016
The WGC has partnered with the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, bringing together the annual conference and the WGC Screenwriting Awards in one all-star weekend from Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2, 2016. The weekend features speakers, workshops, and celebratory events aimed at screen-based industry professionals working in Canada and abroad, culminating in the WGC Screenwriting Awards on May 2. It will kick off with a joint organization reception in Toronto on Friday, April 29 from 7-10:00 p.m. Get more details here.
CMF program budget, guidelines
April 18, 2016
Recently the Canada Media Fund released its 2016-2017 program budget and guidelines. Perhaps most notable was the former, which saw a $4 million, or 1% overall decline, to $371.2 million from $375.2 million the year before.
Writing Room Intensive with Emily Andras
April 1, 2016
Six registered WGC delegates of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2016 will join Emily Andras, showrunner of Wynonna Earp, and past showrunner of Lost Girl, in a Writing Room Intensive on Friday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Participants will then join Emily on stage at the conference for a special session on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Applications closed April 11 and the writers selected will be informed by April 15. Get full details here.