WGC at Fan Expo
For the 5th straight year, WGC members rub shoulders with cosplayers (and other überfans) to spotlight screenwriters at the 21st annual Fan Expo in Toronto. The WGC presents two panels, as follows.
Dance-Driven Drama: Writing The Next Step features writer-producers Chloe van Keeken and Rachael Schaefer, a cast member (TBA), and moderator Jason Leaver: Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5:15 p.m. (room 703).
Coming Soon to a Festival Near You
It’s that time of year — the big film festivals have begun announcing their schedules. Numerous WGC members have written films that will be showing at festivals, as the following list of writers with films at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival shows.
Thanks, WGC, from Rama Rau
CMPA Appoints New President, CEO
Reynolds Mastin has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). Mastin joined the CMPA in 2008, becoming chief negotiator and legal officer in 2012. WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker notes that the guild has worked extensively with Mastin in collective bargaining, saying, "He's a good negotiator, and an extremely positive person to do business with. This is welcome news for our entire industry." For more information about the appointment, view the official announcement at the CMPA website.
New CRTC Monitoring for Kidsí TV
The WGC and other organizations have long advocated for better support and monitoring tools for Canadian children’s television programming. In the Let’s Talk TV decisions of March, 2015, the CRTC committed to improving reporting standards for kids’ shows. On July 21 the Commission followed through on that commitment, announcing “new methods to monitor the amount of Canadian children's and youth television programming and the expenditures on such programming in the Canadian broadcasting system.”
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