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DISCOP AFRICA gains momentum
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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:58

Content buyers, sellers and producers from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world are registering in droves to attend the multi-platform content market, DISCOP AFRICA, which takes place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 6 to 8 November.

The French Embassy in Kenya, Marvista Entertainment, MCS, Zulu Coast Film Office, Cracin Productions, The Star newspaper, Goquest Media Ventures, and Media Intelligence are the latest companies to confirm their participation at DISCOP AFRICA, dubbed ‘Africa’s Premier TV Content Industry Gathering’.

These are among the 431 companies that had registered for DISCOP AFRICA at the time of going to press. Other companies include Durban FilmMart, Durban International Film Festival, Hally Bell, Colorbarmedia, Whitestone Cinema Ltd. and Bmd Entertainment Côte Ouest, 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.

South African public service broadcaster SABC will be at DISCOP AFRICA to look for programming. Says GM of SABC Channels, Leo Manne: “As an African broadcaster we are committed to continue telling South African and continental stories through our platforms.

“Spearheaded by SABC2, which currently flights African-produced titles such as the Kenyan-production, Lies That Bind, we will attend DISCOP AFRICA with the intention of identifying potential content that will enhance our role as an African public broadcast platform that tells African stories.”

Also participating at the market is South Africa’s first free-to-air commercial broadcaster, e.tv, which celebrates its 15th birthday this October.

According to e.tv’s head of channels, Monde Twala, e.tv’s presence at DISCOP AFRICA will be from both a content acquisitions and sales perspective.

“It will be an opportunity for the channel to interact with the production industry and producers from across the continent, including broadcasters,” explains Twala. “Our core focus this year at the market is going to be extending discussions to partner with producers from across the continent.”

e.tv will be launching four new channels in mid-October on Platco Digital’s OpenView HD platform.

Twala continues: “At DISCOP AFRICA we will be looking to aggregate content across all our channels. It’s important that we engage with the production sector and distributors.”

For more information about DISCOP AFRICA visit: www.discop.com


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