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Make It Australian National Day of Action

CALL TO ACTION:

On 18 September 2017, the AWG, ADG, SPA and MEAA invite all members to join with other writers, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, sound, post, composers and all professionals involved in creating content in Australia to attend a National Day of Action where we will launch our cross-guild campaign to protect Australian content and production and preserve Australian stories for Australian audiences on all screens.

Industry leaders will speak on the importance of preserving Australian and children’s content quotas on television and extending local content obligations to online content providers.

‘As many of you will know, the right to tell our own stories from our own perspective and in our own voice is not something that just happened, it’s a battle that was fought by the Guild and the industry in the Make It Australian campaign of the 1970s. The battle was won, but the war to keep it Australian has never ended and it’s now entering a new, critical phase. Commercial TV broadcasters want to walk away from any requirement to create children’s content and are lobbying the government to abolish local content quotas. New players like Netflix, YouTube, Stan, ISPs and Telcos are making billions of dollars from the Australian market with no obligation to create local, original content for the Australian audiences it exploits.

If we let this happen there will be no more scripted drama, no kids’ TV and our screens will be flooded with foreign content and reality shows. We will lose our jobs, our unique Australian voice and our culture and because of the Free Trade Agreement, once it is gone, it is lost forever.

The time has come to fight again!’

-AWG President, Jan Sardi

This is a call to arms. We need to act now. Our enemies are rich and powerful but together, our voices are louder.

EVENT DETAILS:
Sydney 6pm, Event Cinemas George Street
Melbourne 3pm, ACMI
Brisbane 6pm, William Galloway Auditorium, QCU
Adelaide 5pm, Media Resource Centre
Perth 4pm, Luna Cinemas, Oxford Street, Leederville
Hobart 5.30pm, Fullers Bookshop

RSVP: here

For more information see www.makeitaustralian.com or email anna@awg.com.au

 


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Australian showrunners Ellie Beaumont and Judi McCrossin set for LA in global industry initiative! @awgpathwayshttps://t.co/8BZNJRftV0

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The Australian Writers' Guild is calling for entries for the 51st Annual AWGIE Awards. https://t.co/Ke8vhlZZDrhttps://t.co/MmdpIwHzMc

Australia scores highly in global production rankings for thrillers and horror https://t.co/UgKXUHXETr

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The Australian Writers' Guild is calling for entries for the 51st Annual AWGIE Awards. Open to produced works across film, television, documentary, theatre, radio, interactive and children's television, each year these prestigious awards celebrate and honour the very best in Australian stage and screen writing. The only industry awards given by writers to writers, the AWGIE Awards are judged exclusively on the basis of the writer’s own vision, the script. In 2018 entries are open to all eligible produced works that finished principal photography or production or had a first performance in 2017. See below the Conditions of Entry for details.

Entries for the 51st Annual AWGIE Awards close 19 March https://t.co/VApPvrIlcN @AWG_1

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BBC pushes into Australian production sector | ArtsHub Australia https://t.co/P9fy9OeKKj

Primary4:53 - 16.2.2018

It's a new year with exciting opportunities for Queensland writers - it's also a near brand new Development Team at Screen Queensland since our last panel event with them. And here's your exclusive chance to have an evening with the SQ Development Team with a focus solely on writers! Come see and meet Jo Dillon - EVP of Content and the new team members - hear about their backgrounds and journeys in the industry, what they do in their daily roles at Screen Queensland, and most importantly, how they could help you take your writing project to the next level - and even to the screen. The focus will also largely be on allowing you plenty of time to ask the questions you want the answers to in a friendly, informal environment.

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For 15 years, the UK has been debating policy initiatives to secure children’s content for the future against marke… https://t.co/MEYqsOHo47

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Primary22:38 - 15.2.2018

The tradition continues! Since 1984, Victoria's wordsmiths and thespians have put down their scripts for an annual clash of willow and wits in the battle for arguably the most sought-after trophy in the screen and theatre industry: The Credit. Come for the cricket, stay for the between-innings BBQ - or vice-versa!

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Nice article on Sci-Fi writing here with featuring Pathways writers @CSMcMullen https://t.co/XhWwxLuEvL

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ABC pledges to boost investment in local production https://t.co/eC6VogwBPB

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There is a real risk that the government will remove or change the policies that have successfully supplied Australian children with Australian content for decades. We want Australian stories on Australian Screens. We want Australian children dreaming Australian dreams. TAKE ACTION and contact your local member to ask their help to save children's content! #SaveKidsTV

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Love writers? Love rights? Come and work at the Australian Writers' Guild! We're looking for an Industrial, Policy & Advocacy Manager.

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Just over half an hour to go until entries for Laugh Out Loud close! If you have experienced any technical difficulties with your entry or the membership discount this evening, please email your details and entry to admin@awg.com.au and we’ll process the entry for you in the morning.

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Today's your last chance to enter the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Writing Competition with entries closing at 11.59pm tonight! $5000 in development funding, the chance to pitch your project to ABC and the opportunity to be on Pathways all up for grabs! More info and entries here: https://awg.com.au/view/event/laugh-out-loud/

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Only one day to go! Entries for the LAUGH OUT LOUD #Comedy writing competition close midnight tomorrow, with $5000 + the chance to pitch to ABC & become eligible for Pathways up for grabs! Info & entry here: https://awg.com.au/view/event/laugh-out-loud/

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UPDATE: The AWG website is now up and running again, and all entries for Laugh Out Loud can be made through the website. The competition closes midnight tomorrow, Monday 8 January. If you have any other questions regarding the Laugh Out Loud competition, please contact admin@awg.com.au.

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Tonight! Bar tab and Santa sackful of cool door prizes (including Final Draft (download), Associate Membership to the AWG, movie tickets and DVDs!) all at the AWG Qld Xmas Party and Screen Industry End of Year Drinks. Members and non-members welcome. Film, TV theatre, gaming/interactive peeps from all stages of careers welcome.

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Keen to bust out your #comedy chops? Australian Writers' Guild are looking for half hour narrative comedies (series or web series) with $5000 + the chance to pitch to ABC & become eligible for Pathways up for grabs! LAUGH OUT LOUD info & entry here: https://awg.com.au/view/event/laugh-out-loud/

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