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.
The WGC Writing Room Intensive at the 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference
is now accepting applications. Apply to join Ins Choi and Kevin White of Kim's Convenience
for a full day mock session (April 20) as the Kim's Convenience
writers' room. On April 22 participants will join Ins and Kevin on stage at the conference to finish breaking an episode and present ideas to the audience. It's a great opportunity to work with the two creators behind Kim's Convenience
, available only to WGC members. Get all of the details here
. [Please note, the deadline to apply has now passed.]
Jack Gray, the driving force leading to the creation of the WGC in 1991, died in February of 2017, and the WGC mourns his passing. Jack committed 25 years of his life to working on behalf of Canadian screenwriters, and, as a Globe and Mail obituary notes, he was devoted "to protecting the rights of freelance scriptwriters for film, radio and television in this country –a group he believed were the most vulnerable to exploitation in the creative industries." You can read the full obituary here
Save the date! The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards take place a little earlier than in the past several years, so please note the gala event date is Monday, April 24, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. You can view the finalists here
. And please join us in welcoming the return of a talented duo: Awards show host, Laurie Elliott, and her awards show co-writer, Terry McGurrin.
The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) announced a policy change on March 6 that will allow online-only productions, such as webseries and OTT-exclusive productions, to access the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC).