DISCOPRO expands across west and east Africa


Following the record-breaking attendance which marked the 4th edition of the DISCOPRO pitching, learning and networking programme earlier this month, plans are already in motion to further develop DISCOPRO. This expansion will include two additional satellite events in 2016 in Abidjan, from 31 May to 2 June, alongside DISCOP Africa Abidjan, and in Nairobi, from 24 to 26 August, alongside the Kalasha Festival.

Designed to stimulate co-production and distribution opportunities between Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, these expansion plans underscore the critical importance of intra-African trade to develop and strengthen sustainable content production and distribution industries across the continent, commented Gert Botes, DISCOPRO s recently appointed Johannesburg-based project manager.

Independent producers will be provided with incentives to take part in these three industry gatherings, which will be specifically designed to accelerate the development of their projects, help them access expert and critical guidance, and rub shoulders with funding and creative executives playing a key role in Africa s booming television ecosystem.

In addition to the cash prizes and hands-on support from top-level professionals already provided, pitching competition winners and runners up will, for the first time, benefit from basic representation and development assistance to help them carry and package their projects through the vital stages of funding, production and distribution.

Launched in 2008 and held twice a year in South Africa and Cote D Ivoire, DISCOP Africa is organised by Basic Lead, a B2B trade-show organiser with offices in Los Angeles and Johannesburg, that specialise in active business sectors across developing world regions.
Source: Press Release