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Factual Writers' Survey Results

July 29, 2014

In April, the WGC released a survey for writers/story editors working in factual television to get a better understanding of how story telling works in factual entertainment, and of the issues and concerns for writers in the industry. Most respondents to our survey were independent contractors working in Toronto and Vancouver, cities with the largest concentration of factual programming. Respondents reported a great deal of variance in the types of writing duties they perform. And while fees seem relatively healthy, factual writers are taking on many different roles when working on factual programs. The survey helped to confirm that there is little to no union representation on factual programs and that writers who work in this sector do not receive insurance and retirement benefits. 


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WGC affiliated with The Black List

July 24, 2014

The WGC is now affiliated with The Black List, an organization promoting screenwriters and their scripts to the North American industry and to the world. The Black List, originally created to promote feature film scripts, has now expanded to accept original episodic material, and is designed to help promote scripts that have not yet been produced. WGC members can list scripts and details related to those scripts (genre, format, subject matter etc.), as well as contact details -- for free -- on the highly searchable Black List website.


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Paper Registrations Discontinued

July 25, 2014

Please be advised that effective immediately the WGC will discontinue intellectual property registration of paper copies of materials, and will begin phasing out storage of paper registration materials. This notice relates to paper registrations only and does not affect any electronic registrations. We will continue to honor and store existing paper registrations of scripts and other materials at our secure offsite storage facility until they expire. 

Anyone who has one or more paper registrations will be provided with ample notice before the material expires and given an opportunity to either provide payment to withdraw the material and have a copy mailed to them, or create an account and register the material electronically on our online registration service.

Please contact Terry Mark at t.mark@wgc.ca if you have any questions regarding this service change.


Members' Earnings and Benefits Statements

July 24, 2014

WGC statements of earnings and benefits, which provide details regarding earnings as well as insurance and retirement remittances (processed between Jan. 1-June 30, 2014), are now available online. To access your statement, log in to the members' website and click on the "member toolkit" red button on the member home page. Then select "Get Your Statements & Tax Receipts" to view, print or save your statement. If you require further assistance or need a login I.D. and password to access the site, contact either Dinesh or Terry. Please inform us of any missing projects or unreported income as soon as possible.
 


WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Intern

July 23, 2014

The WGC and Bell Media are pleased to announce the latest intern to be chosen from the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, western Canada session, Ms. Tami Gaby. Tami, based in Vancouver, will join the writers' room in a Bell Media dramatic series for a 12-week paid internship. Congratulations, Tami!


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Harold Greenberg Funding Announced

July 21, 2014

Congratulations to the many WGC members whose feature film scripts are receiving support via Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund, announced this week. Twenty-two projects in all phases of script development are moving ahead through the fund's script development program, including films by the following WGC members: Michael Dowse, Johanna Schneller, Matt Watts, Barbara Samuels, Sherry White, Suzette Couture, Dennis Foon, Chaz Thorne, Adriana Maggs, Howie Wiseman and Alex Epstein. To see the complete list of projects, go to Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund supports Script Development for 22 film projects.


Digital Projects Update

July 16, 2014

WGC members are active in the digital sphere, writing webseries, interactive games etc. Writers play a huge role in the digital industry, and the WGC supports digital writers through the Independent Production Agreement (IPA). Recently we've updated the members' digital projects page of the WGC website with some new content. Please have a look, and if you are a WGC member with current, produced digital projects you'd like to suggest, please contact Li Robbins: l.robbins@wgc.ca.


Story Editor Survey

July 14, 2014

What are the issues and concerns that matter most to writers working in story rooms across Canada? How do these issues impact WGC members fees and contract negotiations? The WGC has created a story editor survey for members, intended to shed some light on these important issues. Please continue reading for more details.


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WGC Members ComedyPRO Discount

July 11, 2014

ComedyPRO explores all angles of comedy, including writing comedy for TV and feature film. The event takes place in Montreal from July 24th to 26th, and WGC members who would like to attend receive a 15% discount. View the complete ComedyPRO schedule here, and to register and claim your discount, contact Li Robbins: l.robbins@wgc.ca.


WGC at Fan Expo 2014

July 11, 2014

For the fourth straight year the WGC will have a strong presence at Fan Expo in Toronto (Aug. 28-31) with a series of fan-oriented screenwriting panels. Fan Expo is huge — the third largest pop culture event in North America, drawing over 120,000 fans (according to organizers). Past WGC panels include “Send in the Clones: Writing Orphan Black,” “Writing, Making and Selling Your Web Series,” “Animation Adaptation,” and “Fan Panel: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.”  Stay tuned to the WGC website for details on the WGC panels at Fan Expo 2014.




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