The WGSA will have a very pronounced presence at DISCOP Johannesburg this year. The event will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2016.
Launched in 2012, DISCOP Johannesburg is rooted in Africa’s fast emerging multi-screen, multi-platform marketplace. Driven by taste, expectations and engagement patterns of an extremely young demographic in conjunction with innovative business models, high consumer embracement of pay and satellite television; Africa’s television industry continues to show strong year-to-year growth. Not only will the WGSA have a stand with a meeting table for WGSA members at the event, it will also host a panel discussion titled, “Funding 101 For Africa Writers”. The talk will be hosted by WGSA chairperson Sihle Hlophe. She will be in conversation with three experienced writers and one representative from a funding body. The panel will discuss the funding landscape in Africa, suggest ways for writers to navigate it and provide them with invaluable insight that they can use when trying to get funding in future. As a business-driven market designed to deliver meetings between content buyers, sellers, and independent producers, DISCOP Johannesburg is the perfect event for WGSA members to attend. 500+ qualified television content buyers from public and private broadcasters, Pay-Tv operators, digital platforms and closed-circuit networks operating in Sub-Saharan Africa will be in attendance.