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Spiral, Anne, Letterkenny and Cardinal top 22nd Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards

Writers for Spiral, Anne, Letterkenny and Cardinal were among the winners at the 22nd 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, web series and film. Spiral writer Karen McClellan (pictured above) won in the Shorts & Webseries category for her script “The Girl in the Dream.”

“Writers don’t get here on their own,” McClellan said. “I want to say a special shout-out to some writers who have taken a chance on me in the past: Susin Nielsen, Shelley Eriksen, Bruce Smith and a dear friend who is not here tonight but always in my heart, Denis McGrath.”

Letterkenny‘s Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney won the TV Comedy category for their Season 2 script, “Relationships,” while Cardinal‘s Aubrey Nealon took home the TV Drama trophy for the Season 1 episode, “John Cardinal.”

Gavin Crawford, comedian, writer and host of CBC Radio’s Because News hosted, starting the night off with a surprise appearance by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne a.k.a. Crawford. As Wynne, Crawford extolled the virtues of Canadian television and film writers while taking a jab at recent adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and Alias Grace.

“I’m particularly excited about Kale & Prune, a six-hour CBC miniseries adapted from a Margaret Atwood’s Whole Foods receipt,” he joked.

Alison Lea Bingeman, Marsha Greene, Rachel Langer, Joseph Kay, Cynthia Knight, Adriana Maggs, Elize Morgan, Jiro Okada and Sugith Varughese presented the night’s categories.

Mark Ellis was the recipient of The Denis McGrath Award for his service to the Writers Guild of Canada, Michael MacLennan was given The WGC Showrunner Award, Sarah Dodd the Sondra Kelly Award and Sherry White the Alex Barris Mentorship Award. WGC president Jill Golick, whose term has ended after eight years, had the final say of the night with an impassioned plea to the group’s members.

“Stories are the best way to change hearts and minds,” Golick said. “Keep writing my friends. Keep finding ways to bring truth to light. ”

The category winners are:

Shorts & Webseries
Spiral, Episode 101 “The Girl in the Dream,” written by Karen McClellan

Mysticons, Season 1 “Sisters in Arms,” written by Sean Jara

Movie of the Week & Miniseries
Alias Grace, written by Sarah Polley

Best Script from Season 1
Anne, Season 1 “I Am No Bird, And No Net Ensnares Me,” written by Moira Walley-Beckett

TV Comedy
Letterkenny, Season 2 “Relationships,” written by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney

TV Drama
Cardinal, Season 1 “John Cardinal,” written by Aubrey Nealon

Tweens & Teens
The Stanley Dynamic, Season 2 “The Stanley Cheer,” written by Matt Kippen

Feature Film
Entanglement, written by Jason Filiatrault

The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, written by Mark Leiren-Young



Link: Kids’ TV alums set up new Canadian production company

From Joanna Padovano Tong of WorldScreen:

Link: Kids’ TV alums set up new Canadian production company
Michelle Melanson, former president of Radical Sheep Productions, has established a new full-service development and production outfit in Toronto called Headspinner Productions with Ken Cuperus (The Stanley Dynamic). Continue reading.



Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic

From Robert Ballantyne of Pop Journalism:

Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic
“But the advice I would give is to just keep writing, and just keep making relationships with other writers, producers, directors, anybody working in the business. It is not easy to get that first contract — it took me several years of trying — but perseverance pays off. It’s a marathon, not a 100-meter dash.” Continue reading.


TV Eh B Cs podcast 60 — The Hewlett Dynamic

Kate Hewlett is a Toronto born writer and actor.

In addition to playing lead on The Stanley Dynamic, Kate has played a variety of recurring roles, including Sarah on The Girlfriend Experience, Mrs. Matlin on Degrassi, Paramedic Nicole on Remedy, Jeannie Miller on Stargate: Atlantis and Andrea on The L.A. Complex. Kate also played the title role in the pilot Fancy (nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award).

Kate is the co-executive producer and writer of the hit drama series Backstage.

Kate is an accomplished screenwriter and playwright. Her stage play, The Swearing Jar, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award, and her film adaptation won first runner up at the Harold Greenberg Screenplay Competition in 2016. Kate wrote and acted in the acclaimed BravoFACT She Said Lenny, which received the Worldwide Short Film Festival’s screenplay award and a spot on Bravo’s Top Ten Short Films. TV writing credits include The L.A. Complex, Seed, InSecurity and Turning Point. As a playwright, Kate’s credits include: The Swearing Jar, Humans Anonymous (Bridge Theatre New York), Malus Domestica (Sound Plays, Soulpepper Theatre), Use My Babies Well and Without (TAC grant). In 2017, she will be adapting the beloved children’s book What Katy Did into a musical for Carousel Players.

She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Queen’s University (BA), the Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit and the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Programme. Kate lives in Toronto with a dog, two cats and an American.

The Stanley Dynamic returns Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.

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The Stanley Dynamic Returns to YTV with New Season Beginning February 27

From a media release:

YTV’s  original  series, The Stanley Dynamic, is back with an all-new season (26 x 30) of hilarious adventures airing Monday to Friday at 6 p.m. ET/PT starting February 27, 2017.

In Season 2, twins Luke (voiced by Taylor Abrahamse, George of the Jungle, Beyblade: Metal Fusion) and Larry (Charles Vandervaart, Murdoch MysteriesCamp Rock 2) are navigating their sophomore year at South Ridge High School. Try as they might, boys will be boys, and the pair find themselves in constant trouble. Luke survives a shark attack, goes undercover as a secret agent, and is nearly launched to the moon. Larry becomes a rodeo clown, starts up an uber-successful ice-cream/skateboard company, and finds himself caught between his best friend Darnell (Isiah Lea, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool) and Darnell’s cute sister Mina (Tamina Pollack-Paris, The Next Step). Meanwhile, their sister Lori (2016 Canadian Screen Award-nominee Madison Ferguson, Bellevue, The Shape of Water) falls for a new cartoon puppy, gets locked in a magic chest, and befriends a rebellious kid named Razor. All this, and Grandpa (guest star Michael Gross, Family Ties) comes back for an extended visit.

Other special guest stars for Season 2 include, Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) as himself, Jaleel White (Family Matters) as Principal Webber, David Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis) as the Astronaut, Geri Hall (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) as Barb Dewhurst, Matt Baram (Shoot the Messenger) as Kale, Pat Thornton (Air Farce, Sunnyside) as the Exterminator, and Charlie Storwick (winner of The Next Star Season 4) as herself.

Recently nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series and a finalist at the 2016 Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards for Best New Series, The Stanley Dynamic is a 26-episode, half-hour, live action sitcom revolving around a typical family with a big twist – one of their teenaged twin sons is animated. But in the eyes of the Stanleys and the world around them, he’s a regular kid, living in a three-dimensional world.

The series also stars Michael Barbuto (Star Spangled Banners, Ash Global) as cartoonist dad Lane Stanley who chronicles his family’s adventures in his comic strip and Kate Hewlett (Remedy, Degrassi: The Next Generation) as overworked mom, Lisa Stanley. Rounding out the cast are Josette Jorge (The Beaverton, Beyond Redemption) as Pam, Bill Turnbull (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Home Alone: Holiday Heist) as Doop, Isiah Lea (In Real Life, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool) as Darnell, Graeme Jokic (Franklin and Friends, Adam Avenger) as Ronnie, Eliana Jones (Hemlock Grove, Nikita) as Summer, Natalie Ganzhorn (Make It Pop, Wet Bum) as Morgan, and introducing Tamina Pollack-Paris (The Next Step, So You Think You Can Dance Canada) as Darnell’s younger sister, Mina.

Shot in Toronto, The Stanley Dynamic is produced by Amaze Film + Television Inc., in association with YTV. Animation is produced by 9 Story Media Group. The series is co-created by Ken Cuperus, nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for his writing on The Stanley Dynamic, Jocelyn Hamilton and Jamie Piekarz. Cuperus (Stargate: Atlantis, My Babysitter’s a Vampire) is executive producer/showrunner with Michael Souther (Being Canada, Call Me Fitz) and Teza Lawrence (Being Canada, Call Me Fitz) also serving as executive producers. Victoria Hirst (Away from Her, Mr. Young) is producer. The series is distributed by Nelvana Enterprises.