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AFBS AGM: May 15 at AGO

May 9, 2017

WGC members are invited to attend the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 15 in Toronto. This year's meeting takes place at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and includes an "exclusive after-hours members’ social event that evening with refreshments, appetizers and free tours." Find out more here.

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Daytime Emmy Winning Members

May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Odd Squad and Beat Bugs screenwriters on the success their shows had at the 44th annual Daytime Emmys. Odd Squad series co-creators Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman, along with Mark De Angelis, won "Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie." (Just days after Tim won a WGC Screenwriting Award in the Children's category for his season two episode “Drop Gadget Repeat.”) And Beat Bugs was awarded "Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program." Congratulations to writers Michael Stokes, Jennifer Daley, Deborah Jarvis, Barbara Haynes, Jeff Biederman, Richard Clark, Brian Hartigan, and Karen Moonah.


Leo Awards Nominees

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to the many WGC members nominated for this year's Leo Awards. In terms of overall nominations, Motive led the pack with a total of thirteen. The WGC members nominated in the writing categories are as follows.

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Winners

April 21, 2017

The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards were handed out at a gala event at Koerner Hall in Toronto on April 24. Congratulations to the winners! You can view the winning screenwriters and scripts here, and some photos from the evening here. A big thanks to our host, Laurie Elliott, and awards show writers Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. As well, thanks to our guest presenters, Pure creative consultant Andrew Wreggitt with actor Alex Paxton-Beesley, Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs with actor Shawn Doyle, Second Jen showrunner Jeff Biederman with Second Jen co-creators and actors Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan, and the presenter of the WGC Showrunner Award, Amanda Fahey. Thanks as well to our generous sponsors


WGC Screenwriting Awards Presenters

April 11, 2017

The WGC is pleased to announce the presenters for the 21st annual WGC Screenwriting Awards (held on April 24 at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto). 
 
Joining host Laurie Elliott on stage: Pure creative consultant Andrew Wreggitt with actor Alex Paxton-Beesley, Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs with actor Shawn Doyle, and Second Jen showrunner Jeff Biederman with Second Jen co-creators and actors Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan. 

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WGC Screenwriting Awards Tickets

March 28, 2017

Tickets for the WGC Screenwriting Awards (April 24) are now on sale, through RCM Tickets. The awards take place Monday April 24, 2017 at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto, and are hosted by Laurie Elliott and written by Terry McGurrin and Laurie Elliott. Ticket Info: 416-408-0208 (Members $60 | Non-Members $110.)

The Denis McGrath Memorial Fund

March 31, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada is proud to set up the Denis McGrath Memorial Fund dedicated to Canadian screenwriters. Denis McGrath was a tireless champion of Canadian screenwriters, and this fund is one of the many ways his legacy will live on. For more details, and to make a contribution, please click here


Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize Finalists Announced

March 29, 2017

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created in 2002 to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing screenwriting talent. In a 20-year career at the CBC, Jim’s championing of Canadian screenwriters and their stories resulted in the production of some 75 longform dramas, including The Boys of St. Vincent, Little Criminals, and Million Dollar Babies. The WGC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize:

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WGC's New Director of Strategy and Research

March 28, 2017

Natalia Escobar Bohorquez has joined the guild as the Director of Strategy and Research. Natalia is a 2016 MBA Graduate from the Rotman School of Management. As a corporate lawyer in Colombia Natalia worked in problem resolution, crisis management, negotiations, and strategic planning. She sits on the board of Impact Consulting Group in Toronto. We welcome Natalia to the WGC.


Denis McGrath 1968-2017

March 24, 2017

Today the WGC joins the screenwriting community in mourning Denis McGrath, a longstanding WGC councillor. Denis passed away yesterday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto.  
 
Denis worked tirelessly for the betterment of Canadian screenwriters, as a councillor since 2008, and as a fierce negotiator through the last two rounds of IPA bargaining. He was a sharp, outspoken advocate for screenwriters through social media, and his blog, Dead Things ON Sticks. Denis took on the powers-that-be in the industry, questioning assumptions and challenging ill-informed rhetoric. Denis never gave up a fight.

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Canadian Screenwriter spring 2017 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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