Rohan Dickson, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter/showrunner based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was nominated for a Palm d'Or Award in screenwriting at the Cannes International Film Festival. His film Husk was invited in Official Selection to the international film festivals of Edinburgh, Toronto, Telluride, Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs and the African Film Festival in New York.
In 2021 Rohan created, wrote and executive produced Reyka an 8-part TV drama for M-Net (SA) and Fremantle Media International (UK) starring Iain Glen and Desert Rose an 8-part TV drama for M-Net (SA) which he created, wrote and produced. The World Premiere screening of Reyka opened the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on 18 June 2021.
In 2020 Rohan scripted four episodes of Professionals, Africa’s biggest co-production to date, an action/thriller television series depicting the high-risk lives of private military contractors.
Rohan co-created the TV series Jo’burg with Appian Way (USA) producing and winning Best Short Film at the 2015 Jozi Film Festival for his directing debut Welcome to Hawaii.
With over 20 years of experience as head writer for SATV, Rohan has worked with all of South Africa’s major broadcasters and has been a showrunner on the highly successful dramas Scandal!, Zone 14, Jacob’s Cross and High Rollers.
Rohan was the executive producer & showrunner of the long-running Isidingo, a multi-award-winning, multiracial drama series with a huge fan base across the whole of Africa. He has overseen a 300% increase in viewership since he joined in 2013. Isidingo depicts post–Apartheid society in South Africa.
He was creator & head writer of M-Net's award-winning daily drama, The Wild, which received international recognition when nominated for a Rockie Award at the Banff World Television Festival in Canada and premiered on The Africa Channel in April 2019.
Rohan holds a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, a Screenwriting Diploma from The School of Visual Arts in New York and an Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Rohan recently won Best Screenwriting in a TV Drama - Reyka at the SAFTA 2022 Awards.
2021 - Creator/Writer; Producer/Show - Runner Desert Rose
2021 - Creator/Writer; Executive Producer - Reyka
2020 - Writer - Professionals
2018 - 2019 - Story Manager - Isibaya
2017 - Executive Producer - Isidingo
2015 - 2016 Head Writer - Isidingo
2014 - Head Writer High-Rollers
2010- 2013 - Creator/Head Writer - The Wild
2008- 2009 - Head Writer - Zone 14
2007 - Head Writer - Jacob’s Cross
2005-2006 - Head Writer - Scandal!