Important CanCon Questionnaire
The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, has launched what may be a landmark consultation on the screen-based cultural sector. It’s called “Canadian content in a digital world,” and it provides a rare opportunity for screenwriters to help focus the government on our industry. The WGC will be engaged in this process at all stages, but the consultation will not be complete without your voice. The guild encourages members to take the time to fill out the questionnaire before the May 27 deadline.
And log on to the member website for more details about the WGC's perspective.
WGC's 25th Anniversary Video
If you haven't had an opportunity to watch the WGC's 25th anniversary video, have a look! It's a fun (and funny) look back at the guild's storied past. Of course, that story includes significant achievements made by the WGC in the past quarter century. When, in April of 1991, the WGC became a guild of independently contracted writers, members obtained, as the WGC’s first president, Jack Gray, put it, “control of the craft affairs that mattered most to writers.”
Watch the WGC 25th anniversary video on the WGC's YouTube channel.
Slasher Showrunner Aaron Martin at WTTV
The May 25 edition of Writers Talking TV (WTTV) features Slasher showrunner Aaron Martin in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. Aaron has described Slasher as a “modern-day monster story,” noting that the monster in Slasher is “all too human.” Take the opportunity to find out more about writing horror and about screenwriting. The event also includes an episode screening and an audience Q&A with the show's creator. Read more for full details.
CMF Outreach Tour
The Canada Media Fund starts its outreach tour on May 18 in Calgary. The tour gives writers and others an opportunity to meet with program administrator team members. The meetings include a review the past year, an update on changes to processes, a chance for discussion of current projects, as well as a Q&A about the 2016-2017 CMF program guidelines. You can view the CMF outreach tour schedule here.
WGC Responds to Acceptance Speech Controversy
Following last week’s WGC Screenwriting Awards there was controversy regarding one of the acceptance speeches. The WGC would like to make its position clear: We support freedom of speech so we do not vet acceptance speeches by our awards winners. That being said, we are serious about improving diversity for writers throughout the industry, and believe every member should feel valued and respected.
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