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.


TIFF 2016 Industry Conference Member Discount

WGC members interested in attending TIFF 2016 Industry Conference are eligible for a discount. The “industry pass” includes access to all professional development activities and screenings, and is offered to WGC members until the end of August for $683.65 (regularly $762.75). The “conference pass” includes all professional development activities (but limited screenings) and is offered to WGC members for $474.65 (regularly $514.15). Prices include taxes.
 
When: Sept. 9-7
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto
 
To get your discount, please log in to our website with your member login ID and password.  

CMPA-B.C. "Story Department Internship"

The B.C. branch of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and Creative BC are currently running a "story department internship" program. The program provides funds to B.C. production companies to help support the costs of hiring B.C. resident writers working on dramatic television series. While this program provides opportunity to B.C. resident writers, please be aware that as a member of the WGC if you are working with this program and are providing writing or story editing services you must be contracted under the minimum terms of the IPA. This includes industry standard credits, and insurance and retirement benefits. The WGC will be carefully monitoring the program and will have no choice but to begin grievance procedures with producers working in our jurisdiction who fail to comply with the IPA.

Notice To Producers and Payroll Companies

This is a reminder to producers and payroll companies that in the event of a strike or lockout at Canada Post, which may occur as early as July 2, 2016, please be aware that the timelines for payments to writers, story editors, and story consultants as set out in the 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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CRTC Launches Group-Based TV Licence Renewal

The CRTC launched a public proceeding on June 15 for the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups. English-language groups consist of Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, and Rogers Media.


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BMDS Program Intern Chosen

The final jury of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program — Marvin Kaye, Steve Lucas, and Nathalie Younglai — selected the last internship winner of the program after weeks of reviewing submission packages. They chose Natalia Guled from the ranks of this very talented group of eight writers. Congratulations, Natalia, and a big thanks to all of our jurors.


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More Current News

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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