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.


Canadian Screen Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the many WGC members who are nominated for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. As well, a special congratulations to our members who wrote four of the five nominated shows in the Best Drama category: Pure, 19-2, Mary Kills People, and Anne. Please continue reading to view all the nominees in the writing categories of this year's awards. 


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Writers Talking TV: Showrunner Smith Corindia

The WGC's first "Writers Talking TV" of 2018 features Hard Rock Medical co-showrunner Smith Corindia in conversation with Patrick Tarr, showrunner of Cardinal season three. The critically acclaimed show, broadcast on TVO and APTN, is the story of a diverse group of medical students navigating their way through an offbeat medical training program in Northern Ontario.

Writers Talking TV is a live on-stage writer-to-writer interview, episode screening, and audience Q&A; a great resource for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. 

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto
RSVP: Writers Talking TV is free and open to the public, but please reserve a ticket in advance. Email Elizabeth Ingold, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

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Digital Media at the Crossroads: Members Discount

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to co-sponsor the fourth annual Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) conference in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Conference topics include the future of film and TV content and the "impending crisis facing Canadian production in the audiovisual, music and publishing sectors." This one-day event is of particular interest to screenwriters. The program features key industry leaders, including WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, and promises to be informative, wide-ranging and provocative. Members, login to the website for information about the special WGC rate to attend the conference.


CRTC Survey: How Canadians Consume Content

The CRTC has launched a survey on how Canadians consume content. Although the survey focuses primarily on consumption of content, not production, it does pose the question of how important programming made in Canada is to you personally, a question screenwriters as well as members of the public may wish to weigh in on. You'll find the survey here.

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Group Based Licence Renewals Reconsideration

In May the CRTC issued a series of decisions on the licence renewals for the television services of large English- and French-language private ownership groups, including Bell, Corus, and Rogers. In its decisions the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing known as programs of national interest (PNI). The WGC, along with other industry groups, formally appealed to the Cabinet of Canada to have these decisions sent back to the CRTC, and the appeal was granted — something with little precedent. It was a significant “win” for the WGC and our members. 

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JANUARY 27, 2018
  • Digital Media at the Crossroads Conference

JANUARY 27, 2018

Digital Media at the Crossroads Conference

Digital Media at the Crossroads Conference, including a panel featuring WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. www.digitalmediaatthecrossroads.ca/

JANUARY 31, 2018
  • Prime Time in Ottawa

JANUARY 31, 2018

Prime Time in Ottawa

Prime Time in Ottawa primetimeinottawa.ca

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