DISCOP Africa wrapped up its 11th edition on Friday 6th of November 2015 with great success while expressing excitement for upcoming DISCOP Africa events. The three-day convention packed with meetings, workshops, conferences and business dealings between over two thousand TV content producers, distributors and other industry players from across the globe began on Wednesday 4th 2015. The event was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In an article on DISCOP Africa’s website, the CEO of Basic Lead, Patrick Zuchowicki, shared his thoughts on the overall outcome of the event “Our annual Johannesburg based market continues to exceed expectations each year as more key international players recognize the importance of Africa and its strong potential in the global content distribution industry. Following a survey of a cross section of our participants in November, it became clear that the time is right to establish a second dedicated market, at the heart of Francophone Africa, to further the growth of this important region and become an essential partner to our thriving Johannesburg event.” Basic Lead is an international trade event organizer.
Here’s a highlight of some of the major deals and announcements that Patrick Zuchowicki shared at the final press conference for DISCOP AFRICA JOHANNESBURG 2015:
- Six major collaborative deals were signed between South African and Chinese production companies.
- Turner Africa expands reach via a deal with ConSat in Nigeria to air children’s channel Boing.
- Euronews will be launching Africanews, an independent and multilingual pan-African news network in January 2016.
- TV4 Entertainment in the US will be licensing VOD platform Buni.tv (from Kenya) for streaming on platforms in the US and UK such as Amazon.
- RTI and Mnet signed a major deal that saw Mnet securing significant amount of content from Ivory Coasts’ public broadcaster.
DISCOP Africa, through focusing on the content needs of African audiences and giving space to emerging creators as well as seasoned professionals, helps to activate the television and film industry into embracing the knowledge that surrounds us and is also to be found within us.
A representative from Urban Brew Studios, Vuyelwa Booi expresses that: “It is an interesting time for South Africa and Africa [as a whole]… An event like DISCOP Africa helps to pull companies and studios from all parts of Africa to showcase themselves.”
DISCOP Africa Johannesburg launched its inaugural “Meet The Stars TV” where locally based channels like SABC, etv and StarOne presented 68 top South African TV stars and over 25 shows to media buyers, planners and industry influencers.
It was also announced that in addition to the upcoming DISCOP AFRICA Johannesburg, which will take place from Nov 2-4 2016, Basic Lead will be hosting its second DISCOP AFRICA ABIDJAN which will kick off in May 31st 2016.
Look out for when DISCOP Africa 2016’s registration opens at discopafrica.com