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DISCOP AFRICA 2013 Wraps, reporting continued trend in attendance growth.

DISCOP AFRICA 2013 Wraps, reporting continued trend in attendance growth.



Los Angeles / Johannesburg, 12th November 2013 — The eighth edition of DISCOP Africa, the leading television content market and co-production forum, concluded last week in Johannesburg, with organizers reporting a significant 18% increase in attendance over last year’s edition and a vibrant three-day event for distributors and buyers alike.

Delegates representing 670 companies attended DISCOP Africa 2013, including more than 300 TV Stations and Pay-TV platforms arriving at the market to acquire content, whilst a conference agenda took place featuring a diverse mix of national and international speakers.

Distributors reported a host of significant deals, including a landmark agreement between DIFFA (International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa) with South Africa’s M-Net, which will see the first ever Francophone series produced in Africa, Les rois de Ségou (The Kings of Ségou) (41 x 26’) from Mali’s Brico Films, broadcasting on an English-speaking network.

The DISCOPRO conference agenda placed producers and co-production opportunities at the centre of the discussion, with The Format People’s Pitching Competition announcing winners across three categories. The ‘Formats’ category was won by Kaye Ann Williams from Penguin Films for her project The Hook Up (South Africa); ‘TV Series’ by Marie Lora-Mungai from Buni Media / Buni TV with her animated series Once Upon a Time in Africa (Kenya) and ‘Documentary’ by Wairuri Njeru from Tattuah Films with her project Ex Generation (Kenya). Runners-up are listed below.

A glittering Gala Dinner celebrated the market’s Guest Country of Nigeria. Sponsored by Canal+, the event saw stars from Nigeria’s hugely successful entertainment industry honored including actor, director and producer Zack Orji and renowned talk show hostess, media personality and producer Mo Abudu.

Further highlights included an opening address by South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, in which he stated, “DISCOP Africa 2013 takes place at a time when our continent is increasingly being viewed as the continent of hope, the continent of the future and a new growth frontier. We have no doubt, therefore, that emerging out of this gathering will be effective partnerships and programmes aimed at accelerating the growth of film and TV production across the African Continent.”

“We are pleased to report another very successful edition of DISCOP Africa – both African and non-African producers and distributors reported a busy three days of deal-making, alongside inspirational and relevant conferences and sessions,” commented Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, General Manager of Basic Lead, organizers of DISCOP Africa, “The growth of Africa’s content industry and its role in the international marketplace continues to accelerate and DISCOP Africa is now firmly established as the must-attend event in this region.”

DISCOP will reconvene in Istanbul from March 4 to 6 2014, with the next DISCOP Africa confirmed to take place from November 5 to 7 2014.

Runners up in Pitching Competition:
‘Formats’ category: The Biggest Bitch – Marc Schwinges / Underdog Productions (South Africa)
‘TV Series’ category: Abiba – Alex Kwame Boadi / Producers Guild of Ghana / Dawuro Broadcasting Systems (Ghana)
‘Documentary’ category: Made of Matriarchs – Delmwa Deshi-Kura / Delmedia Plus (Nigeria)

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