A Big Thanks to Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons
As the first week of the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing draws to a close, a hearty thanks goes out to WGC members Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons. Both devoted considerable time and energy in preparing for the WGC appearance, and their ideas were essential in shaping the WGC presentation. At the hearing itself Andrew and Cal set the tone, sharing first hand experiences with the Commission, and putting the creators of Canadian television first. A big thanks as well to Executive Director Maureen Parker, Director of Policy Neal McDougall, and to Mario Mota for his invaluable input. The WGC presentation, which is available on CPAC's video archive, included an excerpt from the WGC-produced video, Canadian TV Delivers, which favourably impressed CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, who said that that the video was a great reminder of what the hearing is really about – content, the kind WGC members create.
WGC on CBC Radio
It was a busy day for the WGC on Thursday Sept. 11. Not only did the guild make an appearance at the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing, (read the press release here), both Executive Director Maureen Parker and President Jill Golick were on the CBC radio airwaves talking "talk TV." You can hear Maureen Parker's interview on CBC Toronto's "Metro Morning" here. (At the present time, audio is not available for Jill Golick's interviews on CBC afternoon shows across the country.) Both Ms. Parker and Ms. Golick spoke to questions about many of the topics that are at the centre of the onging CRTC hearing, including "pick-and-pay," and the need for "over the top" providers (such as Netflix) to contribute to the Canadian television industry. As well, the interviews presented audio from the WGC's video, Canadian TV Delivers, which showcases some of the work of WGC members. You can watch Canadian TV Delivers here.
Keep Canadaís TV Industry Strong: WGC Appears at CRTC Hearing
The Writers Guild of Canada urges the CRTC to maintain a vibrant, healthy Canadian television industry. A strong industry will ensure the creation of the high quality programs the Commission has stated it desires.
The WGC appeared at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearing today, representing the viewpoint of talented Canadian writers who create shows that millions of fans watch, shows such as Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black, Degrassi, and Rookie Blue.
“The great success stories of Canadian television came about because Canadian creators have had opportunities to collaborate with experienced colleagues,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “Quantity is needed to create quality. If the industry shrinks as a result of some proposals on the table, the talent will simply leave the country.”
Letís Talk TV: WGC at CRTC Hearing Sept. 11
The WGC presents at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearing on Thursday (Sept. 11) in the afternoon. You'll be able to watch the WGC in action on CPAC, streaming live. The exact time is impossible to pinpoint, but stay tuned to the CPAC feed. To find out more about the WGC's positions on the many issues facing writers, and the Canadian television industry as a whole, please read the WGC Let's Talk TV submission. And follow us on Twitter @WGCTweet for updates.
Watch "Canadian TV Delivers"
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