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EXPO: Africa's Largest AV Content Market - DISCOP Africa 3 Weeks Away


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Basic Lead, organizers of DISCOP Africa, has officially announced an increase of 36% in pre-registration figures for its 2014 event. DISCOP Africa, Africa’s premier annual market for film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, taking place November 5th to 7th at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, will provide even more business and networking opportunities than ever before.

“We are very proud to welcome more exhibitors, more national pavilions, more producers, more TV Stations, more Pay-Tv platforms than ever before,” says Patrick Zuchowicki, founder of DISCOP Africa, who adds, “ we are also reassured to see so many major global, regional and national television brands represented in force and supporting our initiative so strongly”.

DISCOP Africa is about business and the business of content, as Thabiso Masudubele, DISCOP Africa Business Development Manager explains,

Commercial transactions as well as the support and development supply and demand are some of the key elements required to sustain an industry. The distribution of filmed content is key to the sustainability of any film and TV sector. DISCOP Africa provides a unique opportunity for content stakeholders to engage at a commercial level with the biggest content purchasers across Africa and the globe.

As the largest audiovisual pan-African market, DISCOP Africa brings to South Africa some of the biggest producers and aggregators right here to Africa as opposed to African producers having to travel to European and American markets in order to promote their content. The South African Department of Trade and Industry through various programs, invests substantially in taking local producers to international markets. Now with DISCOP Africa based in Johannesburg, African producers will be able take advantage of commercial distribution opportunities right here in Africa.

This year’s edition will also see the increased presence of South Africa’s most strategic governmental institutions supporting the development, coproduction and export of entertainment content across all platforms.

“South Africa and Johannesburg are playing a key role as a fast-growing, regional and international television industry hub,” says Masudubele, who adds, “and we now have on board strategic allies such as the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Film and Video Foundation, DTI, the Gauteng Film Commission, supportive of our efforts to contribute to the creation of homegrown television industries across Africa.”

Other highlights will include the 20 YEARS OF TELEVISION IN AFRICA: WHAT’S NEXT conference, a two-day summit that will examine the challenges in developing a sustainable digital television ecosystem that can serve as a role model across Africa. The marking of twenty years of democracy in South Africa provides an opportunity to assess the past challenges and future gains of the television over the last twenty years, no just in South Africa, but across the continent. The 20 Year Conference provides a strategic platform for all sector stakeholders to reflect on the past twenty years as well as share their future strategies.

Keynote Speakers Will Be Xinxing Pang, Chairman Of Star Times And Imitaz Patel, Chairman Of Multichoice.


Some of the world’s most popular television franchises offering film, TV series, competition formats and packaged channels will be showcased with 250+ exhibiting companies attending DISCOP Africa. This is an absolute unique opportunity to engage with massive Pan-African and international networks and channels such as:

A+E Networks
BBC Worldwide
Canal +
Caracol Television
CBS Studios International
Cote Ouest
Discovery Networks
Dreamworks Animation
Entertainment One Group
France TV Distribution
Global Agency
ITN, Kanal D
Kenya Film Commissio n
Keshet Broadcasting
NBC Universal
Record TV
Seed Entertainment
Sky News
The Walt Disney Company
Trace TV
Turner Broadcasting
Zee Entertainment


In addition to the dozens of companies exhibiting at DISCOP Africa, the event also presents a host of interactive workshops and panel discussions that include some of the world’s leading experts on television, broadcasting, technology and content development.

Speakers will include notable experts such as:

· Bernard Azria: Ceo, Cote Ouest
· Jim Faulds: General Manager JWT South Africa
· Emeka Mba: General Director, Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission
· Francois Deplank Sr VP Canal+ Overseas
· Amadou Bakayoko, CEO Radiodiffusion Television Ivoirienne (RTI)
· Teju Ajani, Director Google Africa
· Jason Njoku, Ceo, Iroko TV
· Ryan Grim, Editor Africa Desk, Vice Media
· Stephen Nuttall, Senior Editor, Youtube
· Gary Rathbone, Founder, Sports News Africa
· Olivier Laouchez, Founder, Trace Sports
· William Stucke, Director, Icasa
· Dr. Setumor Mohapi, CEO Sentech
· Christoph Limmer, Broadcast and Video Development Commercial Director, Eutelsat.


The DISCOP Africa 2014 program will also include the 3rd edition of the parallel DISCOPRO pitching, mentoring and market access program. 500+ independent television content producers are expected to benefit from this unique sidebar event engineered to provide practical opportunities to showcase innovative projects and initiate regional and international partnerships.

“This year’s program will include twenty workshops mentored by talented and experienced practitioners, to cover critical issues for established and up and coming producers and creators seeking to grow their business. How to establish a distribution contract, alternative news reporting, how to pitch a project, innovative funding methods, branded entertainment and many other subjects,” says Sinethemba MAGONA, DISCOPRO’s coordinator, and adds, “The program has also evolved in the sense that it is now backed by important players such as COTE OUEST, MULTICHOICE, CANAL+, ENDEMOL AFRICA, WANANCHI, RAPID BLUE, RTI, etc. who are seeking new talent and consider DISCOPRO as a great platform to spot creators of fresh ideas.”

DISCOP Africa is also partnering with RTI (Radio Television Ivoirienne), Ivory Coast’s public broadcaster, ONACI (Office National du Cinema), the country’s leading funding institution for film and TV content, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Communications to honor COTE D’IVOIRE, a country set to play a key-role in the development of television content production and distribution across Africa with a series of prestigious events and production initiatives.

The celebration marks a growing number of other predominantly French-speaking African countries represented at the market by broadcasters, emerging platforms and content producers, and will include a gala reception honoring COTE D’IVOIRE.

An elaborately designed national pavilion will also be set up in DISCOP Africa’s main exhibiting hall to ensure maximum visibility for Ivory Coast as an attractive regional and international television content coproduction partner.

With still three weeks to go, over 600 international companies have already agreed to convene at DISCOP Africa 2014, representing a 36% increase over last year’s figures at a similar time in the calendar.

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