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Tara Spencer-Nairn Talks Writers at the Canadian Screen Awards


Tara Spencer-Nairn (The Listener) on Writers 

(Photo by Derek Langer)

I caught up with Tara at the second Industry Gala of the Canadian Screen Awards. She had some wonderful things to say about the writer’s she has worked with.

“I would be nothing without the writers – that’s where it all starts, the vision becomes reality. That’s where it all happens is the writing. As an actor I’m always very anal about my lines, I try very hard to stick to the script because I respect the time it took for the writers to pick a word, pick a line, there’s so much that goes into it, and enough of it is already thrown to the wayside once we get onto set. You have to remember, that’s where it all started – they’re the base of the pyramid.”



Rick Mercer Gives Credit To His Winning Writers at the Canadian Screen Awards


Rick Mercer (Rick Mercer Report) on Writers

(Photo by Derek Langer)

The writing team (Rick Currie, Greg Eckler, Chris Finn, Tim Steeves, George Westerholm) from the Rick Mercer Report took home a screen for “Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series”.  I asked Rick about his writers and their jobs, and he paid them high compliments.

“Well, the writers of RMR won the award tonight, and they’re the most tremendous group of guys that I have the privilege to work with. It’s probably the best part of my job – that I get to spend my time with them. They have a very difficult job. For starters, they write about current events and every single week I go to two different places in the country, and they have to prep me for that.”

“It’s like: This week Rick is jumping out of a plane with the Skyhawks, this week Rick is doing the Inuit winter games, this week Rick is visiting seeing eye dogs. These are not subjects which most writers are familiar with.  We do 50 separate segments a year, and they have to put their head inside it, research it and come up with material for me, and they do tremendous work. It’s a very unique job as far as writing goes.”


Call Me Fitz Creator Sheri Elwood Lands Two “Screenies”


Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz) On The Writing Room and Gucci

(Photo by Derek Langer)

I asked Sheri to talk about the writers on Call Me Fitz.

“I combed the country and I begged the best possible writers that I know to come work on my show, and it’s my main concern that I had the best possible writers to work on this show. It’s the only thing that matters to me, that the writing is excellent.”

“It’s my dream come true show.”

Then I had to ask about her dress.

“This is Gucci, fall 2012. I figure if I amortize it out through about 14 000 events it will make it worth it!”