Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.

Canadian Content in a Digital World Consultation

The next phase of the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canadian Content in a Digital World” consultation has begun, and will continue until  Nov. 25, 2016. The WGC has reviewed the materials, and has emailed information and suggestions to members. That information is also available by logging into the WGC members' website with your user name and password. Meanwhile, anyone can learn more about the consultation on the government's "Canadian Content in a Digital World” website.

The PM, The Hip, and the Broadcasting Act

WGC President Jill Golick's commentary, "The PM, The Hip, and the Broadcasting Act," was published on the website CARTT on Sept. 12, and explores how the act informs what Canadian TV should be. It begins like this:

"Over the summer, our shirt-challenged prime minister and national rock band reminded us that we stand unique in the world. As a country, we caught a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. Turns out we’re not just sexy: Canadians are passionate about being Canadian. And yes, the Broadcasting Act is part of that."

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WTTV: Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp

The first Writers Talking TV of the autumn is coming up on Sept. 29, and we're pleased to announce it features showrunner Emily Andras talking about her show, Wynonna Earp, with fellow screenwriter, host Nicole Demerse. The event includes an in-depth discussion about screenwriting, an episode screening, and an audience Q&A.

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"WGC at 25" in Montreal

The WGC’s 25th anniversary year celebrations wrap with, what else, a party for members! This one takes place in Montreal on Sept. 15. So, WGC members, if you are in Montreal that day, please do come by for drinks, snacks, and to chat. WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, council and staff members hope to see you there.

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WGC Communication with Minister Joly

We would like to let WGC members know that the guild has written to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly regarding the recent CRTC decision in the review of “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs), which lowered the points needed for Canadian productions to receive funding from the CIPFs from eight to six. As well, we have questioned the repeated emphasis on international markets as a primary goal for Canadian content productions. We have requested a meeting with the minister, and will keep members apprised as to any developments.

More Current News

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
  • Writers Talking TV

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Writers Talking TV

Writers Talking TV: The WGC presents Emily Andras, showrunner of Wynonna Earp, in a conversation hosted by screenwriter Nicole Demerse, at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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