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WGI & SDGI Welcome Irish Film Board Statement on Gender Equality

22nd December 2015 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland welcome today’s statement by the Irish Film Board on gender equality.

We congratulate the Board on its commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity for writers and directors in feature film production within three years.

We have been pressing the Board on this important issue for a number of years. Recently the Equality Action Committee of the two guilds has been involved in fruitful discussions with the Film Board and we would like to thank Dr Annie Doona, acting Chair of the Board, in particular.

We look forward to working with the Board to measure progress towards the goal of parity, and to the introduction of additional measures, if necessary, to guarantee achievement of gender equality in the allocation of public funds for film production in Ireland.

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Birch Hamilton, Executive Director – birch (at) sdgi.ie
Writers Guild of Ireland
David Kavanagh, Executive Officer – david.kavanagh (at) script.ie

Members of the Equality Action Committee
Liz Gill, Dr Susan Liddy, Lauren Mackenzie, Marian Quinn

World Screenwriters’ Resolutions

14th October 2014 by Maura McHugh

At the recent World Conference of Screenwriters held in Warsaw, Poland, member guilds of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) as well as members of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe, passed two resolutions.

The first one, titled the Warsaw Women’s Resolution, calls on the television and film industry to address the issue of gender inequality in the industry. The resolution asks industry members to set a goal of having 50% of scripts across genres and at every budget level written by women. Jill Golick, president of the Writers Guild of Canada, and outgoing chair of the IAWG’s policy and research group, presented the resolution to the assembly, where it was adopted unanimously.

Statistics from writers’ organizations around the world clearly report that women write fewer scripts, receive fewer commissions, have shorter careers, and earn less money for their work than their male colleagues. As a report titled Focus on Women (2013) by Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen notes, in Canadian television alone 21 live-action programs receiving significant levels of funding from the Canada Media Fund (2010-11) were written by 65% male screenwriters, 35% female.

The full resolution follows:

Statistics from writers’ organizations around the world show clearly that women writers are under employed. We write fewer scripts, receive fewer commissions, have shorter careers and earn less than our male colleagues.

Women have the talent, experience and ambition to participate as equals in every aspect of the industry. What stands in our way is institutional gender bias.

We the 30 guilds and writers organizations present at the Warsaw Conference of Screenwriters 2014 representing 56,000 male and female screenwriters, call upon our commissioners, funders, studios, networks and broadcasters to set the goal of having 50% of scripts across genres and at every budget level written by women.

Let us reflect back to our audiences, and especially our children, worlds in which men and women are truly equal.

The second resolution, known as the Warsaw Final Resolution, stresses the need for broadcasters, digital service providers, financial institutions, producers, and film studios to respect the creative independence of screenwriters and other artists involved in production.

It reads as follows:

This golden age of television is created by writers. The season(s) long narrative arc allows unprecedented room for the development of multi-dimensional characters and intricate plots.

Investment in writers to allow them the creative and financial space to do what they do best is key to the strengthening and continuation of quality television which appeals to audiences both local and global.

Be it resolved that the 30 screenwriter guilds present in Warsaw at WCOS03, representing 56,000 writers, assert the essential role of the creator and his/her singular vision in the production of quality television. We propose the Danish model of “one vision”, which has respect for creators at its core, as the industry standard to be adopted by broadcasters, digital subscription services, funding agencies, producers and studios.

Writers must be provided with the time and resources to develop their plots and characters without either being rushed to camera or interfered with by executives who so often muddy the creative waters. We also resolve to focus on professionalizing the “Created By” credit in all our negotiations to ensure fair remuneration and respect are attached, and to create a global standard for this credit.

WGI Presentation at GFF

2nd July 2014 by Maura McHugh

The Guild invites all of its members, and any other interested parties, to attend a presentation at the Galway Film Fleadh relating to the most up-to-date information available concerning Screenwriting in Ireland over the last seven years.

This information offers a comprehensive breakdown of the number of writers working in television, film, theatre, and radio each year; how many commissions are available; gender breakdown in each category; fluctuations in numbers; overall trends over the last seven years; and the number of Irish-language scripts being produced each year.

This presentation will outline some of the information to be published later this year as part of the ZeBBie Report 2014. The Guild will welcome feedback and questions from those in attendance on the information presented.

Date: 2pm on Wednesday, 9 July.

Venue: Joyce Suite at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

To attend this presentation, please send an email request by Friday, 4 July to ruairi.moore (at) script.ie with ‘WGI at GFF’ in the subject line.

Places will be confirmed on Monday, 7 July.