Launched in 2012, the Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP content, adaptation right and project market has become Sub-Saharan Africa’s #1 destination for content production, acquisition and distribution business.
The 2018 edition wrapped up on 17 November and year-on-year attendance was steady. 1187 delegates representing 701 companies from 71 countries took part in the 3-day market, versus 1155 delegates representing 772 companies from 63 countries in 2017.
Despite economic turbulences hurting Sub-Saharan Africa’s entertainment and media marketplace, 351 independent film, television, digital and animated content producers from 35 Sub-Saharan African countries attended the market - twice as many as in 2017 – proving the importance of homegrown content for the 120 African broadcasters, premium cable channels and other content delivery platforms who came to Johannesburg.
Nevertheless, 2018 has been a challenging year. Sub-Saharan Africa remains predominantly a free TV market fueled by stagnant advertising revenues. While switchover has progressed in some countries, awareness of low-cost digital-terrestrial TV services still varies hugely between markets. Despite optimistic predictions at the start of the year, pay TV operators are realigning their strategies with the growth in access to mobile and fixed broadband. Streaming remains at a relatively early stage in a world region where broadband penetration is still limited.
The future, however, still looks very promising and there is still overall confidence in the upwards growth trajectory of the entertainment and media sector across Sub-Saharan Africa. With a population of over one billion and forecasts of further growth, we can regard this world region as one with massive potential despite key challenges still preventing it from achieving the expected uptake. Barriers to mobile internet adoption will soon be removed. MTN – Africa’s largest cellular operator – in a partnership with China Mobile announced it will launch a super-cheap smartphone early next year in South Africa and Nigeria and offer a wide range of music and video streaming services alongside the world’s most popular apps. Thanks to better infrastructure and lower internet access costs, subscription video-on-demand services are growing and recent studies point to 10 million subscribers by 2023 across sub-Saharan Africa.
BUYERS | 198 delegates representing 120 companies
PRODUCERS | 351 delegates representing 256 companies
SELLERS | 314 delegates representing 161 companies
PRESS | 85 delegates representing 41 companies
VISITORS | 239 delegates representing 123 companies
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Close to 250+ international, regional and local suppliers and producers of film, television and digital content, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels will be attending DISCOP Johannesburg with more than 10,000+ movies, limited and episodic TV series, dramas, animated and educational content, formats, documentaries, and much more.
They will exhibit across a 5,000 SQ. meter market floor inside the SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE—the premier exhibition, conference and events destination in Africa. The venue is conveniently located in Johannesburg’s vibrant business district within easy reach of the Gautrain and O.R. Tambo International airport.
The market floor is divided into individual exhibits that include MEETING TABLES, VIEWING BOXES and 9 M2 STANDS as well as REGIONAL, NATIONAL and INDUSTRY GROUP UMBRELLAS that represent smaller-sized and independent companies. The Non-exhibiting delegates (except VISITORS) are welcome to use the ‘Meetings on Demand Lounge’ located on the market floor to facilitate the planning of their meetings.
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Meetings On Demand
Meetings On Demand
Built for business, DISCOP’s multiscreen content markets and DISCOP CLUB’s online shopping service deliver ‘face-to-face’ and ‘remote’ meetings.
These meetings are set in-house between global and regional distributors and independent producers, and acquisition, programming and coproduction executives servicing African audiences and representing 700+ content delivery systems; which include public and private broadcasters, premium cable channels, pay-TV operators, mobile and streaming platforms.
FACE TO FACE
We organize ‘face-to-face meetings’ between content sellers, producers and buyers attending DISCOP Abidjan and/or DISCOP Johannesburg. Their organization starts well ahead of each market. Registered delegates have advance access to updated lists of participants, complete with their business profiles and contact details. They also have access to online and personalized assistance to identify prospects, source new content suppliers and confirm meetings.
We organize ‘remote meetings’ between right holders listing their properties on DISCOP CLUB’s online screening platform, and content buyers seeking content available for immediate delivery anywhere in Africa. All year round, content buyers with interest in any of properties featured on the platform can communicate via chat with a ‘personal shopper’ who will prepare the groundwork for a video meeting.
THE DISCOP JOHANNESBURG 2019 AGENDA WILL BE READY ON 1 APRIL 2019
The DISCOP JOHANNESBURG 2018 AGENDA featureD 3 focused tracks, 42 conversations, panels, presentations, workshops, EVENTS, and over 50 world-class experts.
Meet Discop Speakers
Meet Discop Speakers
14:00: DISCOMICS IQEMBU
11:00: DIGITAL LAB AFRICA
Plan Your Trip
Plan Your Trip
A valid passport at least 6 months prior to its expiration date, sufficient funds, a return or onward ticket, and at least two blank pages in your passport are required for all visitors to South Africa. Yellow fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
a) List of Countries that do not require prior visa to South Africa
**SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE** Please consult the website for updated information. The citizen who is a holder of a national passport of the following countries, territories, and/or international organizations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued for an intended stay of 90 days or less and when in transit:
• New Zealand
• San Marino
• St Vincent & Grenadines
• Tanzania (90 days per year)
• Trinidad & Tobago
• United Kingdom
• United States
• Zambia (90 days per year)
• African Union Laissez Passer
• Czech Republic
The citizen who is a holder of a national passport of the following countries, territories, and/or international organizations is not required to hold a visa in respect of purposes for which a visitor’s permit may be issued for an intended stay of 30 days or less and when in transit:
• Slovak Republic
• South Korea
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Cape Verde
• Costa Rica
• Hong Kong
b) Must I request a visa in advance at the Consulate or Embassy of South Africa?
If your country or territory is not listed above, you will need to request a Visa at your local South African Consulate or Embassy.
To request an invitation letter necessary to apply for a Visitor visa, please email Marc Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org with your information and a copy of your passport.
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