WGC Screenwriters Suite at Kidscreen
December 15, 2016
Members, if you're thinking of going to Kidscreen please note that the WGC has a great solution for your Kidscreen meetings needs: the WGC Screenwriters Suite. The suite will offer the possibility of three meetings running simultaneously per 15-minute block, and provide a place to relax in between meetings, and socialize over cocktails.
Nominations Open for WGC Showrunner Award
December 19, 2016
Showrunners are the writers/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series, and the WGC Showrunner Award brings Canada’s best showrunners centre stage to be celebrated by their peers.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 WGC Showrunner Award, which will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017. Get more details and the nomination form here. Nominations close Feb. 3, 2017.
Telling Canadian Stories at the CRTC
November 30, 2016
WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, Vice-President Andrew Wreggitt, Policy Director Neal McDougall, and consultant Mario Mota presented to the CRTC on Nov. 30, as part of the English-language group licence renewals hearing. (You can read a transcript of the WGC's appearance here, starting at line 4800.) The hearing is key to the future of Canadian content programing in Canada. And the new video in our series, “Telling Canadian Stories, Telling CanadianS Stories” is a big part of that.
The Facts About Canadian Audiences
November 30, 2016
Every journalist, and every person, for that matter, is entitled to an opinion. But it's dispiriting, to say the least, when a journalist publishes an opinion that is not backed by fact. On Nov. 28, 2016, Globe and Mail journalist Konrad Yakabuski published his opinions about the CBC, in a piece called The CBC Has Lost Its Way. He failed to back certain aspects of this piece with fact, as WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker points out in a letter to the editor, published by the Globe on Nov. 30. What follows is the complete, unedited version of the letter.
Telling Canadian Stories: Simon Racioppa
November 28, 2016
The WGC is proud to present the second in our animated video series, “Telling Canadian Stories. Telling CanadianS Stories.” Simon Racioppa (Fangbone!, Spliced, Annedroids) is one of many highly-skilled Canadian screenwriters sharing their work with Canadian and international audiences. In this video Simon Racioppa talks about why our stories matter. We invite you to watch and share Simon’s story.
Telling Canadian Stories: Métis Screenwriter Penny Gummerson
November 24, 2016
WGC Canadian Content in a Digital World Submission
November 25, 2016
The WGC has filed a submission with the Department of Heritage “Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultations. The consultations tackle some very difficult questions, and the WGC has responded on numerous fronts, including the following.
Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize Accepting Entries
October 17, 2016
The call for entries for the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize is now open to both WGC members and non-members. Entrants must be Canadian citizens residing in Canada, and possess a writing credit on a produced drama (including shorts) or webseries. Screenplay entries must be unproduced longform, feature-length screenplays; an original work of the applicant and not based, in whole or part, on another author’s work; and not be under option prior to, or during, the competition.To see further entry criteria, and to access the entry form please click here. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST.
WGC Executive Director Sets Record Straight
November 22, 2016
In a Playback article titled "The value in 10-out-of-10," WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker sets the record straight about the importance of maintaining the Canada Media Fund (CMF) as a 10-out-of-10-point fund. And she explains what the real, underlying reason is for the ongoing anger in the industry that was sparked by the CRTC's Certified Independent Production Funds (CIPF) decision in August, 2016. Read it at Playback Online (subscription required).
Canadians Write World Class Shows
November 1, 2016
As the Department of Heritage's "Canadian Content in a Digital World" consultations continue, it's good to be reminded of some of the success Canadian programs have had to date. It's also good to be reminded that this success stems from the talents of the Canadian showrunners and screenwriters who create the scripts Canadian programs are built on. Here are just ten examples of that success.