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 all screens.

Producers and Payroll Companies re: Canada Post

This is a reminder to producers and payroll companies that in the event of a labour disruption at Canada Post, which may occur as early as Sept. 26, 2018, please be aware that the timelines for payments to writers, story editors and story consultants as set out in the WGC IPA will not change. Payments will continue to be due within 30 days of receipt of material for shows that are not greenlit, and within 15 days for shows that are greenlit, or in production.

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Podcast: Killjoys Writers' Room at Fan Expo

It was great to have writers from the Killjoys writers’ room at the WGC’s screenwriting panel at Fan Expo in Toronto earlier this month. Showrunner Adam Barken and writers Julian Doucet, Nikolijne Troubetzkoy, Andrew De Angelis, Julie Puckrin, Vivian Lin, and Derek Robertson came out to meet the show’s fans and talk about how the show gets put together. Jeremy Boxen, who worked on the show in previous seasons, led the lively discussion as panel moderator. You can listen to the podcast at iTunes or listen here on the WGC website.

CRTC Announcement re: Canadian Programming

The WGC is pleased that the CRTC has ensured Canadian broadcasters must uphold their financial contributions to the creation of original Canadian programming. Today’s CRTC response to the government’s Order-in-Council that the Commission reconsider its decision of May 2017, which essentially slashed private broadcaster’s minimum spending on Canadian programs by up to 40 per cent, proves that the CRTC has listened to the creative community and to audiences for Canadian programming. Read the WGC's full press release here.

WGC Killjoys Screenwriter Panel at Fan Expo

The WGC is pleased to put the spotlight on Killjoys, created by Michelle Lovretta, at the upcoming Fan Expo. If you're in Toronto on Aug. 31 make sure to join showrunner Adam Barken and some of the show's writers for “Killjoys Screenwriting Panel,” moderated by Jeremy Boxen. 

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Register Now for CMF Consultations

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) embarks on a cross-country consultation in September, visiting 18 cities. It's an opportunity for screenwriters to provide feedback that may help shape CMF policy and programs for 2018-19 and beyond -- more important than ever in light of the recently-launched review of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts. Schedule details and registration information is available here

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Canadian Screenwriter summer 2018 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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