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WGC Screenwriting Awards Now Accepting Nominations

October 11, 2018

The WGC Screenwriting Awards honouring excellence in screenwriting take place on April 29, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Members, awards nominations open on Monday, Oct. 15 and run until Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. Please login to get full nomination details.

Producers and Payroll Companies re: Canada Post

September 17, 2018

A reminder to producers and payroll companies that during the labour disruption at Canada Post the timelines for payments to writers, story editors and story consultants as set out in the WGC IPA will not change. Payments will continue to be due within 30 days of receipt of material for shows that are not greenlit, and within 15 days for shows that are greenlit, or in production.

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Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel Launches Consultations

October 12, 2018

The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel has launched its consultation process with the release of Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments. This panel was announced last June as part of the “Canadian Content in a Digital World” process, which began in 2016 under former Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. The WGC made extensive comments in that consultation, and commented again in the CRTC consultation that followed, which resulted in a CRTC report on the future of programming distribution in Canada

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The WGC Congratulates Liberal Government re: USMCA

October 2, 2018

The WGC congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on reaching the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an agreement that notably ensures the cultural exemption is maintained, safeguarding Canada’s cultural sovereignty. As the organization that negotiates on behalf of Canadian creators of drama, comedy, children’s series etc., the WGC appreciates how difficult bargaining can be. The Canadian team, under Ms. Freeland, was impressive, both tough and realistic. The WGC thanks the Liberal government on behalf of our 2,200 members, Canada's professional English-language screenwriters.
 
 

Register Now for CMF Consultations

August 20, 2018

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) embarks on a cross-country consultation in September, visiting 18 cities. It's an opportunity for screenwriters to provide feedback that may help shape CMF policy and programs for 2018-19 and beyond -- more important than ever in light of the recently-launched review of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts. Schedule details and registration information is available here

The Showrunner: Reelworld Film Festival Panel

September 28, 2018

The WGC is pleased to sponsor a panel at the Reelworld Film Festival on Oct. 12 called "The Showrunner," featuring Marsha Greene (Mary Kills People, The Mighty Quinns); Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience); and Samantha Wan (Second Jen). The panel will be moderated by producer Joan Jenkinson. Find out more about the panel and get free tickets at Reel World
 

VIFF Meet the Showrunners

September 28, 2018

If you're in Vancouver on Oct. 3 don't miss the “Meet the Showrunners” panel  at the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring a number of WGC showrunners, including Sarah Dodd, Dennis Heaton, Simon Barry, Michelle Lovretta, and Graeme Manson. Please go to the VIFF website for full details.

Podcast: Killjoys Writers' Room at Fan Expo

September 14, 2018

It was great to have writers from the Killjoys writers’ room at the WGC’s screenwriting panel at Fan Expo in Toronto earlier this month. Showrunner Adam Barken and writers Julian Doucet, Nikolijne Troubetzkoy, Andrew De Angelis, Julie Puckrin, Vivian Lin, and Derek Robertson came out to meet the show’s fans and talk about how the show gets put together. Jeremy Boxen, who worked on the show in previous seasons, led the lively discussion as panel moderator. You can listen to the podcast at iTunes or listen here on the WGC website.
 
 

CRTC Announcement re: Canadian Programming

August 30, 2018

The WGC is pleased that the CRTC has ensured Canadian broadcasters must uphold their financial contributions to the creation of original Canadian programming. Today’s CRTC response to the government’s Order-in-Council that the Commission reconsider its decision of May 2017, which essentially slashed private broadcaster’s minimum spending on Canadian programs by up to 40 per cent, proves that the CRTC has listened to the creative community and to audiences for Canadian programming. Read the WGC's full press release here.


WGC Killjoys Screenwriter Panel at Fan Expo

August 21, 2018

The WGC is pleased to put the spotlight on Killjoys, created by Michelle Lovretta, at the upcoming Fan Expo. If you're in Toronto on Aug. 31 make sure to join showrunner Adam Barken and some of the show's writers for “Killjoys Screenwriting Panel,” moderated by Jeremy Boxen. 

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Canadian Screenwriter summer 2018 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2018
  • Writers Talking TV

NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Writers Talking TV

Writers Talking TV, presented by the Writers Guild of Canada, is a writer-to-writer interview held at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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