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.

Strange Empire WTTV a Hit

Writers Talking TV joined the Canadian International TV Festival this week, featuring 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 some great questions were asked. Stay tuned for the podcast, downloadable at iTunes and on the WGC website.

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 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


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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WGC Members' Shows at CITF

The upcoming Canadian International TV Festival (CITF) puts the spotlight on a number of shows written by WGC members. The festival (Nov. 14-23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox) features the WGC's Writers Talking TV, with Strange Empire creator, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, interviewed by fellow WGC member, writer Denis McGrath, on Nov. 20. And there are lots of other events that writers and fans of Canadian TV will be interested in. Please have a look at the following lineup, and make sure to reserve your free tickets.

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