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.


CMPA Appoints New President, CEO

Reynolds Mastin has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). Mastin joined the CMPA in 2008, becoming chief negotiator and legal officer in 2012. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker notes that the guild has worked extensively with Mastin in collective bargaining, saying, "He's a good negotiator, and an extremely positive person to do business with. This is welcome news for our entire industry." For more information about the appointment, view the official announcement at the CMPA website.


New CRTC Monitoring for Kidsí TV

The WGC and other organizations have long advocated for better support and monitoring tools for Canadian children’s television programming. In the Let’s Talk TV decisions of March, 2015, the CRTC committed to improving reporting standards for kids’ shows. On July 21 the Commission followed through on that commitment, announcing “new methods to monitor the amount of Canadian children's and youth television programming and the expenditures on such programming in the Canadian broadcasting system.”


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Senate CBC Report, a Missed Opportunity

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications missed an opportunity to make meaningful recommendations in support of the CBC this month when it released its report about the national public broadcaster. The result of 18 months of study, the report — entitled “Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty first Century” — made 22 recommendations, but none of them included what many if not most industry observers have said is necessary: More money from the federal government.


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Bell Moves on Genre Exclusivity

Earlier this year, as part of its decisions from the Let’s Talk TV proceeding, the CRTC eliminated the genre exclusivity policy. Under that policy, selected specialty and pay services, referred to as Category A services, were licensed on a one-per-genre basis and protected from competition.


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The WGC Emmy Award Nominations

The 67th Emmy Awards nominations have been announced, and there were Emmy nods for work written by WGC members. Congratulations to Semi Chellas, nominated for Mad Men in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category. Degrassi, penned by WGC members including showrunner Sarah Glinski, picked up a nomination for Outstanding Children's Program. And Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was nominated for Best Lead Actress — a number of WGC members write Orphan Black, including co-showrunner Graeme Manson. Congratulations all!


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