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.

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).

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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.

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Thanks, WGC, from Rama Rau

WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program grads are always very appreciative of having gone through the program, and Rama Rau is no exception. She sent the WGC this lovely thank you note:
"For people like me who are looking for ways to network and make contacts in the industry, the WGC's Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program is absolutely a great way to get a foot in the door. Not just because it gives us an intense one-week mentored workshop followed by three months of writing guidance. But what it does best is bring us in front of so many people in the industry — people who are eagerly waiting to meet fresh talent, people who want to hire us — and this is the best way to get them to know who we are. We need to make our own opportunities in the industry and this program leads the way.

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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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