Discop Africa 3 goes back to Dakar in February 2010
Discop Africa 3, the third edition of Discop’s new matchmaking and networking event targeting Sub-Saharan African free and pay television platforms, will take place in Dakar, Senegal at the Pullman Teranga hotel from 24 to 26 February 2010. Discop Africa is the main TV content trade show, one of the most important events for the development of audiovisual content business in sub-saharan Africa.
This next Discop Africa will once again target Sub-Saharan African free and pay television platforms and TV channels fueled by the joint effects of the rapid growth of digital television services, the proximity of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, which takes place next year in South-Africa, 300 million mobile users, and the first undersea fiber optic cable that went live in East Africa, marking the beginning of an era of faster and cheaper broadband connections..
In addition, a series of 3 training and case-studies workshops specifically aimed at African audiovisual content producers will cover the formating, funding and distribution of programs "Made In Africa". So far, on Oct 27th., 115 participants have already confirmed attendance at the upcoming 3-day event. Twelve Exhibitors have also confirmed their booth space.
Close to 150 qualified, decision-making, acquisitions, programming and business development executives representing public and private TV Stations, digital platforms, cable and IPTV operators are expected to take part in Discop Africa in February, alongside close to 100 international suppliers of film, finished programs, formats and packaged TV channels.
A total of 332 participants attended the last event, Discop Africa 2 just six months after the inaugural Discop Africa 1 which took place in Dakar, Senegal earlier this year. “Holding two events so close to each other has definitely increased the reach of our Discop platform across the continent, with half of the African broadcasters and Pay-TV platforms attending in Nairobi new to the market”, says DISCOP general manager Patrick Jucaud.
Overall, 90 broadcasters and Pay-TV platforms from 21 Sub-Saharan countries were in Nairobi for the 3-day event, holding an impressive number of decisive meetings with the 79 international suppliers of film, finished programs, formats and packaged TV channels represented.
“By the same token, close to half of the sellers who exhibited in Nairobi, had also attended Dakar and many indicated that they felt the additional business generated in Kenya justified their investment in a second Discop Africa”, adds Jucaud.
Cherise and Tatiana at Basic Leads.