Monday, June 2, 2014

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) 2015 in Miami

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO ATTEND the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) 2015 in Miami

Dear WGSA Members and Performance Writers, 

Do you want to market your scripts to international players from around the world? If yes, NATPE is the global content marketplace for a digital world, and WGSA is taking twenty film and/or television performance writers to the Market and Conference in January 2015. You could be one of them!

NATPE is committed to being the destination for buyers and sellers. Evolving to meet the demands of a changing media landscape, NATPE delivers a first look at fresh content before MIP and the LA Screenings, giving industry leaders a jump-start on monetizing their projects. Now, in Miami, a major international attraction, NATPE is a catalyst in the content revolution - providing thousands of chances to make one good deal. If you're an industry player, you have to be at NATPE 2015.

NATPE provides extraordinary opportunities to listen and learn from leaders and legends in the media marketplace. With more than 50+ sessions over three days, NATPE packs the program with key attractions, topical discussions, nuts and bolts workshops, keynote addresses, special displays, events and awards programs – all focused on the content lifecycle.

The annual NATPE Market and Conference is the only American program market serving the worldwide television community. This affordable three-day market and conference is recognized throughout the world as a key media event.

If you buy, sell, develop, finance, advertise, market or license content; implement technology; exploit rights; or leverage media assets, the annual Conference and Exhibition is the best place to be for success today and growth tomorrow.

NATPE welcomes their guests to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort for the 2015 Market and Conference.  From January 20-22, 2015 the Fontainebleau is the EXCLUSIVE home for everything NATPE.  Dealmaking can happen everywhere in the lobby, at sessions and workshops, during luncheons and by the pool! Enjoy the elegance and modern luxury of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort.

You have the chance to attend NATPE 2015 as part of the WGSA’s application to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Group Export Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS). The DTI is doing great work to help emerging content writers promote their projects at some of the world’s top events. 

PLEASE NOTE that WGSA cannot guarantee that the DTI will approve the group application.

While some individuals may want to apply to the DTI directly, many writers are not in a position to cash-flow a trip and then be refunded later, as per the individual scheme. The advantage of the group scheme is that the DTI pays suppliers UP-FRONT for flights, transfers and accommodation (including breakfast and dinner). It also pays for the group’s stand at the market, the printing of brochures and the freighting of promotional materials.

The group scheme is predominantly for emerging writers (60%), but a smaller contingent of experienced writers will be accepted as well. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged applicants, especially those who have never attended an international film and script market before.

Closing date: 20 June 2014 for electronic applications
NO LATE APPLICATIONS will be considered.

Please do not mail or courier original applications until the WGSA Council has approved your email application.

All applicants must be prepared to join the WGSA if they are not yet members, and existing members must be paid up (please note that this also applies to candidates applying via the NFVF).  Membership fees can be requested from

A non-refundable, specially reduced application fee of R150 (normal price of the application fee is R350) is payable upon submission of application and proof of payment must be submitted with the application. Please include YOUR NAME AND SURNAME/NATPE as reference. Payments without a reference cannot be assigned and your application will be unsuccessful. 

All applications with proof of payment must be emailed to

Documents to be emailed along with Application:

  1. Duly completed and signed application form  - see below.
  2. Company profile as per guide on the application form if applicable – this can be done on the application form itself or separately, but must be in line with the guidelines set out on the application form. If you are a sole proprietor and not a company or cc, please attach a comprehensive CV.
  3. Proof of registration of the enterprise in the form of a CIPRO certificate if a CC or (Pty) Ltd, or a certified copy of your ID document in the case of a sole proprietor.
  4. Valid tax clearance certificate – at least valid until the end of the January 2015.
  5. A logline as well as a comprehensive synopsis or treatment of your project – at this point a copy or a link to the work is sufficient. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PROJECT IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. Works can be registered via the WGSA Script Registry. Please contact for more details.
  6. Audited Financial Statements or bank statements for at least three months, stamped by the bank.
  7. A valid copy of the passport of the delegate who will travel to NATPE, valid until at least end January 2015.

Once WGSA Council has approved the application, delegates are required to pay a non-refundable and specially reduced administration fee of R400 (normal price R650).  Proof of payment, identified by the NAME AND SURNAME/NATPE reference, must be emailed to At this stage, a full set of the ORIGINAL documentation as set out above has to be hand delivered or couriered, or mailed “counter to counter” to WGSA. 

Deliver original documents within the prescribed period (normally 7 days) to:
125-3rd STREET, LINDEN, JOHANNESBURG during business hours (8h00 to 17h00) or

Mail counter to counter to
P.O. Box 1330, Fontainebleau, 2032

All applicants will be informed by WGSA if our group application to DTI has been successful.