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WGC reverses course on story coordinator debate

The guild says it will approach the CMPA about changing the definition of story coordinator in its existing IPA weeks after a petition from BIPOC TV & Film was launched.

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WGC, BIPOC TV & Film disagree over story coordinator role

Both organizations released statements on the issue, which was first sparked by a petition launched by BIPOC TV & Film for story coordinators to receive guild status.

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WGC re-elects Dennis Heaton for second term

The 2020-22 term sees a long-standing member step down and a new addition to council, with Heaton leading the WGC through “a period of unprecedented change.”

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EXCLUSIVE: WGC cancels 2020 Screenwriting Awards

Instead, the guild said it will announce the winners virtually, with recipients set to be recognized on stage at its 2021 ceremony.

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Corus responds to critics of CPE flexibility request

“Fundamentally, Corus seeks additional timing flexibility, nothing more. No spending reductions will result. No risk will be passed on. No agenda is at work,” said the media company.

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Unions, guilds oppose Corus’ request for CPE flexibility

CMPA, DGC, ACTRA and WGC said that granting the request would set a dangerous precedent, while other broadcasters argued that additional flexibility is necessary.

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Will new CMF guidelines be a boon for Canadian screenwriters?

WGC’s Maureen Parker talks to Playback about how the Early Stage Development program could benefit domestic showrunners and writers.

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In Brief: Trio Orange wins Best Comedy at Series Mania

Plus: WGC unveils the Jim Burt Screenwriting award finalists, The Umbrella Academy gets a season-two renewal, and more.

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Rights and writers’ rooms dissected in Prime Time Netflix panel

Netflix programming exec Chris Regina, Chad Oakes and Noreen Halpern discussed the different models and methods of working together.

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Unions, guilds issue fiery submissions to Acts review

The DGC said there’s a “pressing need” for interim measures to ensure global OTTs are contributing, while WGC proposed the Broadcasting Act be redrafted to strengthen the role of Cancon.

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Changes needed to sustain, support Ontario filmmakers: report

“Focus On Features: The Future of Filmmaking in Ontario” dissects challenges like audience behaviour, static funding structures and the need for more career opportunities.

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CMPA, WGC spar over authorship in Copyright Act hearing

Members of the organizations went before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to argue who should be considered the author of a screen-based work.