TALK | DON’T BE CONTENT TO CREATE CONTENT FOR ONLY YOUR CONTINENT! OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND FOR AMERICAN AND AFRICAN PRODUCERS

The lucrative US television and digital market is notoriously elusive to production companies outside the US.  However, with the increase in emerging platforms with an eye for global programming, there are more opportunities than ever before for African companies to break into the US, and for US companies to work closely with African broadcasters and producers.  In this session, we’ll discuss the opportunities that exist for content creators and platforms on both continents.

·       Liz LEVENSON | VP INTL. ACQUISITIONS & SALES | GRB ENTERTAINMENT

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION | WHAT CAN FRANCOPHONE AFRICA DO FOR ANGLOPHONE PRODUCERS

2017 is a time of optimism across francophone Africa which has witnessed a steadily growing middle-class. Pay-Tv subscription numbers continue to rise, and some countries stand out with progressive legislations, ambitious public broadcasters and private producers/distributors investing heavily in new projects. This session will focus on 3 important subjects namely 1) Francophone Africa buying content from Anglophone Africa, 2) Co-producing between Francophone and Anglophone Africa as well as 3) selling Francophone content into the Anglophone market. 

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION | DIGITAL LAB AFRICA (DLA) YEAR 2

Launched a year ago and initiated by the French Embassy and French Institute in South Africa, Digital Lab Africa (DLA) has established itself as a relevant springboard for African talent in multimedia. DLA’s plans including new incubation and mentorship programs will be unveiled during this session. 

MASTER CLASS | GERMANY / SOUTH AFRICA CO-PRODUCTION PART 1: FILM

A Film & TV co-production treaty has been signed between South Africa and Germany in 2004. This partnership has facilitated the funding of numerous projects since then, stimulating exchanges between independent producers in both countries. Two master classes will examine eligibility terms and conditions and look at recent film and television projects that have benefited from the treaty.

·       Terrence KHUMALO | Film Certification Manager | NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa) 

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION | AFRICAN SERIES RAISE THE BAR

With the explosion of big budget, high-end TV around the world, where does Africa stand? Long stifled by the lack of buyers, by small budgets, and by a restrictive commissioning model, African TV series are now stepping it up thanks to the arrival of new players ready to partner and pool resources. How can new co-production models help overcome limitations and boost creativity? How do broadcasters and OTT platforms now engage with creators? What are the new quality standards necessary to attract viewers from across Africa and the diaspora?

  • Marie LORA-MUNGAI | CEO & Executive Producer | RESTLESS GLOBAL
  • Cecile GERARDIN | Head of Drama | CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL
  • Nathalie MORLEY | Head of Content | TRACE
  • Shaamila FATAAR | Content Acquisitions Specialist | SHOWMAX

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION | WHAT MAKES A TELEVISION SERIES TRAVEL WELL

Episodic and limited TV series have come a long way. They now offer sophisticated storytelling and high-production value, plus top stars. To be funded, they also need to please international audiences from many culturally diverse regions of the world. Experts in cross-border content development and distribution business will explain what it takes for a TV series project to stand out, generate interest and deliver sales.

·       Todd BROWN | CO-FOUNDER | XYZ FILMS

·       Liz LEVENSON | VP INTL. ACQUISITIONS & SALES | GRB ENTERTAINMENT

MASTER CLASS | LIVE STREAMING JUST GOT EASIER

Presented by LiveU, a pioneer in the field of live broadcasting, this master class will unveil unique solutions for independent producers to provide live video streaming for TV, mobile, online and social media.

·       Alex GECHTMAN | Regional VP of Sales | LiveU

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION | BUILDING STRONGER TIES WITH CHINA

China’s TV production community will once again be on display at the next Johannesburg edition of DISCOP as the event will once again host a China Pavilion organized by state entities. This session will explore ways to build co-production agreements between China and South Africa and create funds for financing film and television co-productions between the two countries.