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.
WGC's New Director of Strategy and Research
Natalia Escobar Bohorquez has joined the guild as the Director of Strategy and Research. Natalia is a 2016 MBA Graduate from the Rotman School of Management. As a corporate lawyer in Colombia Natalia worked in problem resolution, crisis management, negotiations, and strategic planning. She sits on the board of Impact Consulting Group in Toronto. We welcome Natalia to the WGC.
Denis McGrath 1968-2017
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.
Kim's Convenience Writing Room Intensive
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 Remembered
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
WGC Screenwriting Awards: April 24
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.
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