DISCOP Africa 2013 opens, showcasing packed DISCOPRO conference agenda featuring 70 speakers

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Los Angeles / Johannesburg, November 6, 2013 – More than 1500 delegates from 70-plus countries arrived in Johannesburg for the 8th edition of DISCOP Africa, which took place at the Sandton Convention Center. Its DISCOPRO conference features 70 renowned speakers across the three-day event.

Developed in partnership with Africa’s most active production communities and sponsored by Wananchi Group, East Africa’s leading home entertainment operator and the second largest Pay-TV operator in Africa through its Zuku TV channels, DISCOP Africa 2013 featured a diverse agenda of keynotes, thematic sessions and training tracks.

Focusing on helping producers explore co-production opportunities and showcase their projects, it highlights included three thematic Pitching Competitions hosted by the international TV industry consultancy The Format People, which will reward TV shows created in Africa. Close to 60 projects were entered for consideration in the hotly-contested competition, across TV Formats, TV Series and Documentaries.

A three-part series entitled Africa Rising took place, as Richard Bell, CEO at Wananchi Group, Brett St. Clair, Head of New Products Sub Sahara at Google (USA) and Jason Njoku, CEO of iROKO Partners (Nigeria) highlighted ways to accelerate the development, production and distribution of television and online content made in Africa. Mike Dearham, SVP at Cote Ouest Audiovisuel presented Export Readiness, guiding producers in the process of taking their business international and Nico Meyer, CEO at MultiChoice Africa presented a keynote speech Celebrating a 20 Year Legacy in Africa.

More than 700 new and established regional and global companies attended DISCOP Africa 2013, driving content business and digital changes with and across Africa.