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 Talking Feature Film with Elan Mastai

Don't miss the WGC's inaugural "Writers Talking Feature Film" event. Elan Mastai, writer of "The F Word," will be interviewed by Michael McGowan, writer of "Still Mine."

When: Sept. 30, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto, 7p.m.

Attendance by RSVP only! RSVP Elaine Jacob:

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WGC at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ben Joseph moderates a panel at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) on Wednesday, Sept. 17, called Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions. Ben and fellow WGC member Phil Ivanusic will represent the writers' perspective on the panel. The panel looks at how a writer can juggle some of the co-pro challenges, including how to maintain the core integrity of an idea when co-producers are involved, and how to best serve more than one broadcaster. See the OIAF website for full panel details.

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 Canada’s 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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  • International Affiliation of Writers Guilds Meeting

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds Meeting

International Affiliation of Writers Guilds meetings in Warsaw, attended by the WGC.

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