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 all screens.

WTTV: Wishfart June 28

Wishfart, the new animated series created by  Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, is centre-stage at Writers Talking TV on June 28, hosted by Mike Kiss (writer on Fangbone!, Grojband, and Max & Shred, among others). Expect a lively conversation about writing animation!
Writers Talking TV is the WGC's live, on-stage writer-to-writer interview, and it's a great opportunity for screenwriters, screenwriter-hopefuls, and anyone interested in the industry to hear about what goes on behind the scenes writing a show. It's free and open to the public — please just RSVP to secure a seat. 

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WGC Commends Canadian Government

The Writers Guild of Canada strongly commends the government of Canada's decision to modernize the legislative framework for broadcasting and telecommunications and its appointment of a panel of experts in the cultural and communications sectors to help guide the way. This forward-thinking development was announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on June 5, 2018. Read the WGC's press release.

WGC Members Take Home Leo Awards

Congratulations to WGC members Sarah Dodd, who won the Best Screenwriting Dramatic Series category of the recent Leo Awards for Cardinal: Blackfly - Red, and to James Phillips and Doug Barber, who won Best Screenwriting Television Movie for Serialized. The Leo Awards celebrate excellence in British Columbia television and film; to view all of the 2018 winners please go to the Leo Awards website.

WGC Asks CRTC to Uphold Canadian Content

The Writers Guild of Canada has weighed in on the second, crucial stage of the reconsideration of the flawed CRTC decision of May 2017. In that decision, the CRTC essentially slashed private broadcaster minimum spending on Canadian programs by 40 per cent. The WGC, along with other industry groups, successfully appealed to the Cabinet of Canada, resulting in the decision being sent back to the Commission for reconsideration. Get the full story: read the press release here and the WGC's CRTC submission here.

Leo Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the WGC members nominated for the upcoming Leo Awards, which celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and televison. You can view all of the nominees on the Leo Awards website — please continue reading to view the nominees in the screenwriting categories. 

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