DISCOP JOHANNESBURG 2018’S ‘NEXT GEN’ DEVELOPMENT AND PITCHING PROGRAM PLACES A SPECIAL FOCUS ON ANIMATION AND SOUTH AFRICA

Designed to help independent production companies achieve their full potential, NEXT GEN is specifically tailored to meet the demand of a rapidly changing audiovisual landscape under the influence of a marked preference for home-grown content, the emergence of local talents, viewers’ migration to on-demand streaming and mobile screens, increased mobility and faster internet.

Developed in partnership with the AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK this year’s NEXT GEN agenda will place a special focus on Africa’s thriving animation industry. The program will ensure animators have access to prime information and capture the attention of key players who could set them on a rapid upward trajectory.

Dubbed DISCOMICS a pilot festival designed for animators will feature works in progress to be pitched in front of broadcasters, content distribution platforms, producers, distributors and advertisers seeking fresh talent. Requests for animation submission forms must be forwarded to info@discop.com.

The program will also put a strong emphasis on South Africa and showcase the country’s competitiveness in the global entertainment content production and distribution industry. Producers will have the opportunities to network with key players and public organizations representing the South African media ecosystem who will plug them into relationships and information sources that will help them move forward.

WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER

09H WORKSHOP | What Sub-Saharan African Buyers Want

10H CONTENT COPRODUCTION CASE STUDY | South Africa / USA

11H DISCOP CONVERSATION | The World of Animation

14H PUBLIC BROADCASTER PRESENTATION | RTI

15H COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT | CHINA

17H INDUSTRY CASE STUDY | Africa’s Fresh Animation Talents

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER

09H WORKSHOP | Spotlight on Africa’s 150-million people strong Swahili-speaking audience

10H CONTENT COPRODUCTION CASE STUDY | SOUTH AFRICA / CANADA

11H DISCOP CONVERSATION | The rise of BlockChain solutions for the entertainment industry

14H PUBLIC BROADCASTER PRESENTATION | BBC

15H COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT | TURKEY

17H INDUSTRY CASE STUDY | Developing the right format for international distribution

FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER

09H WORKSHOP | Spotlight on Nigeria’s fast-growing video gaming industry

10H CONTENT COPRODUCTION CASE STUDY | SOUTH AFRICA / FRANCE

11H DISCOP CONVERSATION | New mobile content distribution solutions

14H PUBLIC BROADCASTER PRESENTATION | To be determined

15H COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT | EGYPT

17H INDUSTRY CASE STUDY | Is there a BRICS co-production model?