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Letís Talk TV: WGC at CRTC Hearing Sept. 11

July 29, 2014

The WGC presents at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearing on Thursday (Sept. 11) in the afternoon. You'll be able to watch the WGC in action on CPAC, streaming live. The exact time is impossible to pinpoint, but stay tuned to the CPAC feed. To find out more about the WGC's positions on the many issues facing writers, and the Canadian television industry as a whole, please read the WGC Let's Talk TV submission. And follow us on Twitter @WGCTweet for updates.


Watch "Canadian TV Delivers"

September 3, 2014

Canadian showrunners star in a new video that offers a rare glimpse into the talent and passion that go into creating the hit Canadian shows that thrill millions of fans in Canada and worldwide. From Murdoch Mysteries to Orphan Black to Rookie Blue to Degrassi, experience the excellence of Canadian TV with the video Canadian TV Delivers, from the Writers Guild of Canada.
 
Watch Canadian TV Delivers, by the Writers Guild of Canada
 

 
Here’s the hard truth: without government policies most Canadian media would not exist. It’s crucial that Canadians understand that there is a choice to be made: support the production of Canadian shows or lose our stories. Use the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” online discussion forum (available until Sept. 19) to tell the commission you care about your Canadian TV.
                      
"Great storytelling not only reflects who we are but it dreams of who we could be,” says WGC president, Jill Golick. “TV is the medium of choice for most Canadians and that’s why we need quality, quantity, and diversity in our TV drama — so we can dream of all we can be.”
 
WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker is available for interviews. Contact Li Robbins, Director of Communications, 416-979-7907 extension 5234, l.robbins@wgc.ca
 

WGC Writers a Force at Fan Expo Canada

September 2, 2014

The WGC was at Fan Expo Canada in full force over the weekend. Video of three "WGC Presents" panels, featuring many talented WGC members, will be available on the WGC website in the weeks to come.

The Writers' Room and Fan Power: Showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Daegan Fryklind (Bitten), with moderator James Hurst, addressed a packed room of fans. The showrunners talked about interacting with fans on social media, and the integral part that social media and fans now play in making a TV series. 
Monetizing the Web Series: Moderator Stephanie Kaliner, with panelists Rob Mills (Rufus The Dog), WGC President Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), and JP Larocque (GAY NERDS), spoke at the Monetizing the Web Series panel on Friday. Panelists talked to fans about some of the ways to source funding for web series production, including crowdfunding, and looked at how to get broadcasters onboard.
Fan Panel: Spotlight on Degrassi: The Degrassi writers' room, (Matt Huether, Matt Schiller, Scott Oleszkowicz, Zoe Whittall, Alejandro Alcoba), led by showrunner Sarah Glinski (far left), talked about the impact fans live-tweeting the show can have on the writers' room, and on assessing the success of plot lines and character development. The writers also revealed the depth of their own love for their work and for the show itself -- all of them were Degrassi fans before they became writers on the show.

 


WGC Writers At Fan Expo

August 20, 2014

We have three terrific panels lined up for this year's Fan Expo (held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Aug. 28-31) featuring many talented WGC members. From a close-up look at the long-running show Degrassi, to a panel about how to monetize a web series, to some of Canada's leading showrunners sharing their views about building relationships with fans, this year's event promises to be exciting. Please continue reading for full details:


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New "Let's Talk TV" Online Forum

August 22, 2014

The WGC is scheduled to present at the CRTC "Let's Talk TV" hearing on Sept. 11. This week the commission announced it's giving Canadians a "last chance" to have their say on the future of television in Canada, through an online discussion forum open until Sept. 19, the final day of the public hearing. The CRTC has also published a document that outlines some of the issues to be considered during the public hearing. You can view the "working document for discussion” on the CRTC's website, and  as well, make sure to add your comments at Help Shape the Future of TV in Canada.


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Save the Date: WGC Screenwriting Awards, 2015

August 22, 2014

It's never too early to think about the WGC Screenwriting Awards! So save the date: Monday, April 27, 2015. The awards will be held at the same venue as last year, the swank Koerner Hall in Toronto. Keep an eye on the website for awards entry information. And while you're at it, have a look at some photos from the 2014 awards, as well as the list of winners.


CRTC Renews Rogers Group of Channels

August 7, 2014

The WGC is pleased to announce that the CRTC agreed with the WGC on virtually all points raised in the guild's  intervention regarding Rogers Media Inc.'s recent licence renewal. On July 31, 2014, the CRTC renewed the licences of the various broadcasters owned and controlled by Rogers, including City, OMNI, The Biography Channel, Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and the Sportsnet-branded channels. The services were renewed for a two-year term so as to coincide with the group-based licensing proceeding for all of the large, private, English-language broadcast groups that will occur in 2016. Please continue reading for all of the details.


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DHX/Family Channel Deal Approved

August 7, 2014

DHX Media Ltd.'s application to acquire Family Channel, Disney Junior (English), Disney Junior (French), and Disney XD has been approved by the CRTC, on July 24, 2014. These channels were divested by Bell Media Inc. as a condition of their acquisition of Astral Media. The WGC intervened in support of the application, noting that DHX’s proposed tangible benefits package—the financial contributions to the broadcasting system that the CRTC uses, in part, to determine whether a transaction is in the public interest—was consistent with past practice, and included initiatives targeted to development and screenwriter training. 


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Starlight's Canadian Movie Channel Gets Broadcast Licence

August 7, 2014

Starlight, a new specialty television channel that will be devoted to Canadian movies, in particular, feature films and documentaries intended for theatrical release, received approval for its application for a broadcasting licence from the CRTC on August 6, 2014. Starlight's roster will include Canadian feature films, Canadian feature documentaries, Canadian made-for-TV movies, and programs with or about Canadian creators. All feature films intended for theatrical distribution will be presented without commercial interruption.


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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 Presents: Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions

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  • International Affiliation of Writers Guilds Meeting

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