Film, television, digital and video gaming content producers from all over Africa will meet for a three-day forum expected to host 1,500+ delegates from 70 countries.
The organisers of the Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP market to be held between November 14-16, 2018, have unveiled plans to host an estimated 500+ film, television, digital and video gaming content producers from all over Africa. This is reportedly the largest ever contingent of independent producers from Africa who will converge in Johannesburg for a three-day market and co-production forum that is expected to welcome 1,500+ delegates from 70 countries.
DISCOP is increasingly driven by a marked preference for homegrown stories that resonate better with local audiences. Most of these shows are produced by independents for whom it is still very difficult to access business opportunities outside of their home countries, says Patrick Zuchowicki Jucaud, DISCOP Markets founder and General Manager, who adds: After careful consideration, we have decided to reconfigure our markets to better welcome these up-and-coming producers and creators and make their market experience more knowledgeable, more comfortable, more economical and more rewarding.
For the first time, DISCOP Johannesburg will host an online platform for buyers to screen before, during and after the market, more than 1,000+ hours of original content produced in Africa and available for immediate delivery. A special area will be set-up on the exhibiting floor, with On-Demand viewing stations open to qualified buyers only. Detailed reporting will then help independent producers in their follow-up efforts.
Screening fees will be built into the cost of each producers market badge priced at $250 per delegate. The cost of the badge also includes personalised matchmaking assistance, full use of the Meetings on Demand lounge, access to the Next Gen knowledge transfer, development and pitching programme, and invitations to all social events.
An estimated 150+ exhibitors representing international and regional television and online brands are also expected to take part in DISCOP Johannesburg 2018, alongside Africas key broadcasters, pay-TV operators, streaming and mobile platforms.
Online registration for DISCOP Johannesburg will start on Monday 29 May with an Early Bird offer to register before Friday 14 September with a 50% discount.