Link: 5×5 With The Hook: Hugh Dillon
“The writing on that show was so good it transcended language barriers/cultural differences and has stood the test of time. And it is amazing how we can drop all the walls we put up when we recognize the truth and beauty in the stories. Sometimes it’s a song a show or even a sport that provides that moment of connection, and life is good and you’re in the moment and you’re connected; can’t beat it!” Continue reading.
Writers for Wynonna Earp, Letterkenny, X Company and Degrassi: Next Class were among the winners at the 21st Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards in Toronto on Monday night.
The event, held at the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall, celebrated the country’s screenwriting talent in television and film. Wynonna Earp writer Alexandra Zarowny (pictured above) won Best Script from a Rookie Series for her Season 1 script “Bury Me With My Guns On,” and thanked her fellow writers and fans for their support.
“There is an entire writing room behind this award,” she said. “This goes to James Hurst, Brendan Yorke, Caitlyn D. Fryers and Emily Andras. I love you, Em, and as the last five years have shown, I’ll follow you anywhere. And to all our social media fans, Wynonna Earp is the little engine that could and I’m so proud of this little demon-hunting show and the LGBTQ community was a huge, fierce, loud and proud part of that. They got a second season made.”
Letterkenny‘s Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney won the TV Comedy for their Season 1 script, “Super Soft Birthday,” while X Company‘s Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis took home a trophy for the Season 2 episode, “August 19th.”
Comedian and writer Laurie Elliott hosted, getting the night off on the right foot. “To all the writers in the room, look at us in our outside clothes!” she began. “This is a fancy party to celebrate writers.”
Andrew Wreggitt was the recipient of The Denis McGrath Award for his service to the Writers Guild of Canada, Aaron Martin was given the Showrunner Award, Diana Frances the Sondra Kelly Award and Daniel Whidden the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.
The television category winners are:
Children’s Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat,” written by Tim McKeon
Movie of the Week & Miniseries Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool, written by Adam Barken
Best Script from a Rookie Series Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On,” written by Alexandra Zarowny
TV Comedy Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday,” written by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney
TV Drama X Company, Season 2 “August 19th,” written by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern
Tweens & Teens Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack,” written by Ian MacIntyre
Link: Ovation TV acquires U.S. rights to ‘The Halcyon’ & ‘X Company’ from Sony – MIPTV
As the MIPTV market officially kicks off in Cannes tomorrow, Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to a pair of series from Sony Pictures Television. The Halcyon, a British period drama set at a five-star London hotel and produced by Left Bank Pictures, will debut in the fall of this year, while Canadian series X Company will start a three-season stretch on the arts network in the first quarter of 2018. Continue reading.
Link: X Company’s Evelyne Brochu on coming full circle with Aurora
“Her incredible journey — where she gets found out and everything — I thought they were great scenes and I wanted to honor them. I was not just excited, but thrilled to get to play them, but what moved me the most was the plane scene. It was a full circle from the beginning and even though we’ve lost pieces of the circle along the way, it was stunning as an actor to see the journey you’ve traveled. So to be sitting on that same plane with two members missing, it was very emotional.” Continue reading.
Link: X Company: Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern talk “Remembrance”
“We were satisfied story-wise, but there’s always a bittersweet side to parting from a complex fictional world, and a massive creative undertaking, and a very precious group of collaborators that have been a part of your life for so many years. We always knew the series wouldn’t end with the end of the war itself, but instead with the sense that the fight must go on… even though the torch may have to be passed on to the next fighter to carry it to the finish line.” Continue reading.