A special country focus on Nigeria at the DISCOP AFRICA multi-platform content market,
which takes place from 6 to 8 November at Johannesburgs Sandton Convention Centre,
will see 10 up and coming TV producers and distributors from Nigeria man the official
In addition we will organise a party on Wednesday 6 November to honour 20 years of
Nigerian Cinema, says Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, general manager of The DISCOP
Organisation. All the important Nigerian industry associations will be represented at the
market and, most particularly, during our DISCOPRO pitching, matchmaking and training
We have extended invitations to Nollywoods most important filmmakers through our
country manager in Nigeria and are awaiting their confirmations.
DISCOP AFRICA 2013 will occupy 3900m2 of space at the Sandton Convention Centre.
This is the same as last years edition but the event organisers have optmised the floor
space so that there is 20% increase in the amount of exhibition space.
Jucaud-Zuchowicki extended the floor plan following last years highly successful market
because he anticipated additional requests. Between veteran exhibitors wanting more
space, new national pavilions such as France, Brazil, UK and Korea, as well as new
exhibitors, we ended up selling our space very quickly.
To date, close to 150 exhibitors have confirmed and we expect another 50 to do so by
market time, as we still have low-cost / national umbrella exhibit packages that always
sell at the last minute, he explains.
For the first time, representatives from Korea, Brazil, Taiwan and Turkey will participate
at DISCOP AFRICA.
Among the confirmed exhibitors thus far are: Cote Ouest; SABC; M-Net; Zee Networks;
Dreamworks; CBS International; NBC Universal; A+E Entertainment; The Walt Disney
Company; Televisa; Caracol; Armoza Formats; NHK; Al Jazeera; Wananchi Group and
This year the DISCOP AFRICA organisers have decided to make the event more relevant
for independent TV content producers and have added a strong programme the
DISCOPRO pitching, matchmaking and training programme that has been developed in
collaboration with Africas most important producers associations.
Three thematic pitching competitions rewarding TV show ideas created in Africa will take
central stage during the DISCOPRO programme, namely formats, TV series and