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.”
Senate CBC Report, a Missed Opportunity
The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications missed an opportunity to make meaningful recommendations in support of the CBC this month when it released its report about the national public broadcaster. The result of 18 months of study, the report — entitled “Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty first Century” — made 22 recommendations, but none of them included what many if not most industry observers have said is necessary: More money from the federal government.
Bell Moves on Genre Exclusivity
Earlier this year, as part of its decisions from the Let’s Talk TV proceeding, the CRTC eliminated the genre exclusivity policy. Under that policy, selected specialty and pay services, referred to as Category A services, were licensed on a one-per-genre basis and protected from competition.
The WGC Emmy Award Nominations
The 67th Emmy Awards nominations have been announced, and there were Emmy nods for work written by WGC members. Congratulations to Semi Chellas, nominated for Mad Men in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category. Degrassi, penned by WGC members including showrunner Sarah Glinski, picked up a nomination for Outstanding Children's Program. And Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was nominated for Best Lead Actress — a number of WGC members write Orphan Black, including co-showrunner Graeme Manson. Congratulations all!
Latest WGC/Bell Intern Announced
Congratulations to Dave Bath on being awarded the most recent WGC/Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program internship. Dave will be going on to a paid internship in the writers' room of a Bell Media show. Dave is both a writer and comedian, writing and performing stand up and sketch comedy since his teens. He's a graduate from the Humber College Comedy Writing/Performing program, and attended Vancouver Film School's writing program. Congratulations to Dave! Information and application forms for the 2016 program can be found here.
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