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Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:10
IN FOCUS: Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki

A special country focus on Nigeria at the DISCOP AFRICA multi-platform content market, which takes place from 6 to 8 November at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre, will see 10 up and coming TV producers and distributors from Nigeria man the official Nigerian Pavilion.

“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 programme.

“We have extended invitations to Nollywood›s 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 year’s 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 year’s 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 Nollywood Entertainment.

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 Africa›s 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 documentaries.

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