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.


Writers Talk TV with Bellvue's Jane Maggs

The WGC is proud to present Writers Talk TV with Bellevue co-showrunner Jane Maggs on Thursday June 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bellevue is a mystery set in a small town, starring Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, a cop whose intense personality has always been at odds with her hometown. Find out about the show's creation and writing at Writers Talking TV.
 
What: Bellevue co-showrunner on screenwriting; episode screening; audience Q&A.
When: June 8, 2017, 7 p.m. [Doors open at 6:30]
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4.
RSVP: Free and open to the public, but to make sure you get a seat, RSVP to Elizabeth Ingold, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

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CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing. 
 
“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.”
 
View the whole press release here.
 

WGC Members Nominated for Rockies

Many WGC members have had work nominated for the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards program competition — congratulations to all of the writers involved. You can find out more about the Rockies here. Please click "read more" to see the entire list of WGC members' nominations. 

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AFBS AGM: May 15 at AGO

WGC members are invited to attend the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 15 in Toronto. This year's meeting takes place at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and includes an "exclusive after-hours members’ social event that evening with refreshments, appetizers and free tours." Find out more here.

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Daytime Emmy Winning Members

Congratulations to Odd Squad and Beat Bugs screenwriters on the success their shows had at the 44th annual Daytime Emmys. Odd Squad series co-creators Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman, along with Mark De Angelis, won "Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie." (Just days after Tim won a WGC Screenwriting Award in the Children's category for his season two episode “Drop Gadget Repeat.”) And Beat Bugs was awarded "Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program." Congratulations to writers Michael Stokes, Jennifer Daley, Deborah Jarvis, Barbara Haynes, Jeff Biederman, Richard Clark, Brian Hartigan, and Karen Moonah.


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Canadian Screenwriter spring 2017 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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