PWAC Names David Johnston as New Executive Director

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Tanya Gulliver, President of the Professional
Writers' Association of Canada is pleased to announce that PWAC has hired
David Johnston as their new Executive Director.
    David Johnston has worked as a literary agent and writer/producer of
documentary films for over 20 years.
    As an agent David has developed and marketed book and film projects both
in Canada and abroad for clients including, among others, Randy Bachman, Dave
Bidini, Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, Douglas Coupland, Sarah Dearing, Tim
Falconer, Wayne Johnston, Stuart McLean, and Paul Quarrington.
    David's most recent documentary production was Four Wings and a Prayer:
Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly, a feature documentary directed
by Nick de Pencier. The film won the Rockie Award for Best Nature Documentary
at the 2008 Banff World Television Festival.
    David stood as a Green Party of Ontario candidate in the 2007 Ontario
election and has served as Culture Critic for Ontario.
    "While PWAC was sad to see the departure of outgoing Executive Director
John Degen we are also very excited to welcome David Johnston aboard," says
Gulliver. "David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his past
work in politics, as a literary agent and as a film producer. As the foremost
voice representing freelance non-fiction writers in Canada, PWAC continues to
battle bad contracts that strip rights from freelancers and publications that
don't pay as promised," adds Gulliver. "We're confident that David's
experience in literary negotiations will be of great assistance to our

    PWAC, established in 1976, is the national organization representing 600
freelance writers and journalists in Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Tanya Gulliver, President,, (647) 236-7589; David Johnston, Executive Director,, (416) 504-1645

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