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.

Listen to WTTV Strange Empire Podcast

Writers Talking TV joined the Canadian International TV Festival last week to feature the creator of Strange Empire, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik. The audience was treated to a screening of an episode that had not yet gone to air, and Laurie was interviewed by fellow writer and WGC councillor Denis McGrath. The event wrapped with a Q&A with the audience, and there were some very interesting questions. Hear for yourself, listen to the podcast now.

WGC Awards Deadline Coming Up: Nominate Your Script Today

WGC members, the deadline for the 19th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards is around the corner: Dec. 1, 2014 at 5:30 EST.  Get all the details at current awards 2015, then log in with your member I.D. and nominate a script in any of the awards categories, below. The awards take place at Koerner Hall on April 27, 2015, a gala event not to be missed.

• Animation (non primetime)
• Children & Youth (live action, non primetime)
• Documentary
• Movies and Miniseries
• Shorts and Web Series
• TV Comedy (includes primetime animation)
• TV Drama


WGC Goes to College

The WGC's manager of industrial relations, Aaron Unrau, speaks to two groups of students this week. On Nov. 24 he's at Centennial College, speaking to students in a TV producing class about the guild, and running through some contracting scenarios. Aaron will also be at Humber College on Nov. 28, talking with students in a post-grad TV writing and producing program about the WGC, and the importance of its role in a healthy industry.

Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter Intern on Motive

The WGC and the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program are pleased to announce that emerging Vancouver-based writer, Tami Gabay, is joining the hit series Motive with showrunner Dennis Heaton, for a paid internship in the writers' room.

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CRTC Starts Talking TV Policies

Last week the CRTC announced its first policy stemming from the year-long proceeding, “Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians on the future of television,” in which the WGC actively participated. It was a policy prohibiting the requirement that cable and satellite subscribers provide 30 days notice to cancel their television services. (The Commission also announced the same policy for local voice services and Internet services.)

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