Paramount+ in Canada & inkcanada partner to Connect Emerging Writers with Industry Allies

Events are scheduled to begin starting Thursday, February 29

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ORONTO, Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ РParamount+ in Canada and inkcanada are pleased to announce the return of #inkdrinks Toronto, a series of six in-person professional networking events designed to break the common barriers to industry-access for Canadian screenwriters at every career stage.

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The program welcomes traditionally excluded voices in the Canadian screen-based storytelling industry, connecting Canadian writers and creators with industry allies. Events are scheduled to begin¬†Thursday, February 29, from 7‚Äst9 p.m. ET¬†at the Monarch Tavern’s upstairs room. Interested participants can find and subscribe to the details on¬†inkcanada’s official website.

inkcanada is a nation-wide online community of Canadian screenwriters and their industry friends. Founded in 2007 by esteemed Canadian screenwriter Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Orphan Black), the volunteer-driven collective offers writers in the Canadian industry a public-facing and free user-driven place to engage in a dialogue about career-related questions.

Karen Walton(Picture Courtesy- Karan Walton Linkedin)
Karen Walton(Picture Courtesy- Karan Walton Linkedin) Linkedin

Hosted by Walton, the community’s hallmark in-person event, #inkdrinks¬†Toronto, launched in 2008 to strengthen the bonds formed among writers. ¬†#inkdrinks¬†Toronto¬†is the largest, regular gathering point for screen, television and digital content creators and their industry friends in¬†Canada. There are no special criteria to attend¬†#inkdrinks events. The only standing rule for all participants is, no pitching.

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The¬†Toronto¬†event also inspired #inkdrinks events in¬†Vancouver,¬†Montreal,¬†Ottawa, and select Canadian festivals, such as Digi60 and The Banff Media Festival. Paramount+ in¬†Canada’s¬†partnership with inkcanada supports #inkdrinks¬†Toronto’s¬†mission to be an affordable and acclaimed force for connection, camaraderie, and access to the Canadian screenwriting profession.

“inkcanada has started something truly special,” said¬†Tom Hastings, Head of Original Programming for Paramount+ in¬†Canada. ¬†“Karen Walton’s¬†grassroots strategy to bring together emerging and established writers in a social setting was the beginning of something unique for the local writers’ community. We are honoured to expand on her successful blueprint and work together to help even more diverse voices break though industry barriers.”

Tom Hastings, Head of Original Programming, Paramount+ Canada(Picture Courtesy- Tom Hastings Linkedin)
Tom Hastings, Head of Original Programming, Paramount+ Canada(Picture Courtesy- Tom Hastings Linkedin) Linkedin

“The inkcanada community has long relied on the generosity of individual members of the Canadian screenwriting profession and our industry friends, informally. Our partnership with Paramount+ in¬†Canada¬†is a major milestone in our 17 year-old journey as a community: to make Canadian screenwriting and screenwriters accessible for advice, reliable information, legitimate opportunities and lasting connections in the Canadian industry.”

Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel on Unsplash
Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel on Unsplash

This initiative is the fifth partnership Paramount+ in Canada has announced that reinforces its long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In the past five months the company announced a collaboration with the Black Screen Office for the Black Creators Festival Initiative; a joint venture with BIPOC TV & Film and the National Screen Institute Partner for the new ELEVATE program; and partnership with both The Shine Network Institute (TSNI) for the Indigenous Producers Budgeting Intensive and with the Pacific Screenwriting Program and the Indigenous Screen Office to Create the Indigenous Screenwriters Lab.

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

These programs are intricately connected to the mission of¬†Paramount Global’s Content for Change initiative, which seeks to counteract narratives that enable bias, stereotypes, hate and marginalization using the power of our content, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything we do.

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