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.


A Big Thanks to Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons

As the first week of the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing draws to a close, a hearty thanks goes out to WGC members Andrew Wreggitt and Cal Coons. Both devoted considerable time and energy in preparing for the WGC appearance, and their ideas were essential in shaping the WGC presentation. At the hearing itself Andrew and Cal set the tone, sharing first hand experiences with the Commission, and putting the creators of Canadian television first. A big thanks as well to Executive Director Maureen Parker, Director of Policy Neal McDougall, and to Mario Mota for his invaluable input. The WGC presentation, which is available on CPAC's video archive, included an excerpt from the WGC-produced video, Canadian TV Delivers, which favourably impressed CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, who said that that the video was a great reminder of what the hearing is really about – content, the kind WGC members create. 


WGC on CBC Radio

It was a busy day for the WGC on Thursday Sept. 11. Not only did the guild make an appearance at the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" hearing, (read the press release here), both Executive Director Maureen Parker and President Jill Golick were on the CBC radio airwaves talking "talk TV." You can hear Maureen Parker's interview on CBC Toronto's "Metro Morning" here. (At the present time, audio is not available for Jill Golick's interviews on CBC afternoon shows across the country.) Both Ms. Parker and Ms. Golick spoke to questions about many of the topics that are at the centre of the onging CRTC hearing, including "pick-and-pay," and the need for "over the top" providers (such as Netflix) to contribute to the Canadian television industry. As well, the interviews presented audio from the WGC's video, Canadian TV Delivers, which showcases some of the work of WGC members. You can watch Canadian TV Delivers here.


Keep Canadaís TV Industry Strong: WGC Appears at CRTC Hearing

The Writers Guild of Canada urges the CRTC to maintain a vibrant, healthy Canadian television industry. A strong industry will ensure the creation of the high quality programs the Commission has stated it desires.

The WGC appeared at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearing today, representing the viewpoint of talented Canadian writers who create shows that millions of fans watch, shows such as Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black, Degrassi, and Rookie Blue.

“The great success stories of Canadian television came about because Canadian creators have had opportunities to collaborate with experienced colleagues,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “Quantity is needed to create quality. If the industry shrinks as a result of some proposals on the table, the talent will simply leave the country.”


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Letís Talk TV: WGC at CRTC Hearing Sept. 11

The WGC presents at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearing on Thursday (Sept. 11) in the afternoon. You'll be able to watch the WGC in action on CPAC, streaming live. The exact time is impossible to pinpoint, but stay tuned to the CPAC feed. To find out more about the WGC's positions on the many issues facing writers, and the Canadian television industry as a whole, please read the WGC Let's Talk TV submission. And follow us on Twitter @WGCTweet for updates.


Watch "Canadian TV Delivers"

Canadian showrunners star in a new video that offers a rare glimpse into the talent and passion that go into creating the hit Canadian shows that thrill millions of fans in Canada and worldwide. From Murdoch Mysteries to Orphan Black to Rookie Blue to Degrassi, experience the excellence of Canadian TV with the video Canadian TV Delivers, from the Writers Guild of Canada.
 
Watch Canadian TV Delivers, by the Writers Guild of Canada
 

 
Here’s the hard truth: without government policies most Canadian media would not exist. It’s crucial that Canadians understand that there is a choice to be made: support the production of Canadian shows or lose our stories. Use the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” online discussion forum (available until Sept. 19) to tell the commission you care about your Canadian TV.
                      
"Great storytelling not only reflects who we are but it dreams of who we could be,” says WGC president, Jill Golick. “TV is the medium of choice for most Canadians and that’s why we need quality, quantity, and diversity in our TV drama — so we can dream of all we can be.”
 
WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker is available for interviews. Contact Li Robbins, Director of Communications, 416-979-7907 extension 5234, l.robbins@wgc.ca
 

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
  • WGC Presents: Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

WGC Presents: Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions

Ottawa International Animation Festival: the WGC presents "Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions" Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm – Château Laurier - The ToonBox (Adam Room) Moderated by Ben Joseph.
 

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