A24Media dedicates $ 1,000,000 Investment Fund for Disruptive & Innovative Media Technology Developers

A24Media dedicates $ 1,000,000 Investment Fund for Disruptive & Innovative Media Technology Developers

A24Media, Africa’s leader in content creation and aggregation is proud to announce a $1 Million Media Technology Investment Fund. This is to support technology developers focused on revenue generating content distribution platforms. A24Media boasts of 15,000 hours of an exclusive content portfolio with the figure poised to rise to at least 16,000 hours by December 2018.

A24Media will run a unique idea developer contest to find the most creative, powerful and useful ideas on media, advertising and education that integrate content into their business model.

A24Media will first seek venture capital investment partners that will co-manage the Investment Fund and provide strategic advice on business models and market strategies.

“We are excited to support the disruptive developers in the media technology industry because we realize that no single company can provide the breadth and scope of innovation that’s required to develop revenue generating platforms and take this industry to the next level” said Asif Sheikh, Founder of A24Media.  

We hope that this Investment Fund will spark an explosion of creativity and innovation in the media technology industry.

Look out for upcoming press releases and visit www.a24media.com  as we rollout this initiative. 

Organizers meet demand for local content with the ARAB FORMAT ACCELERATOR initiative.

Organizers meet demand for local content with the ARAB FORMAT ACCELERATOR initiative.

DUBAI & LOS ANGELES | 13 February.  The organizers of DISCOP Dubai, one of the most important television events with a special focus on the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent, are proud to announce that 20 projects will be showcased during the premiere edition of the ARAB FORMAT ACCELERATOR.

To be held in the context of DISCOP Dubai 2018 (25 to 27 February) and set to become a permanent fixture of the 3-day annual market, the ARAB FORMAT ACCELERATOR (AFA) is a joint initiative between Mrs. Khulud Abu HOMOS, CEO of the ARAB FORMAT LAB, a television content developer based in Dubai, Cairo and Jeddah; and the organizers of the Dubai edition of the DISCOP film, television, online content and adaptation rights markets.

This initiative is further evidence that demand for high quality Arabic content in the region has increased by almost 40% between 2011-2016, while western drama’s share of viewing decreased by an average of 55%, creating opportunities for regional producers to dominate the airwaves and secure their share of the market.

Mrs. Khulud Abu HOMOS, ARAB FORMAT LAB, explains, “We are amidst a positive transformation on the demand for socially relevant international formats. Lots of regional executives ask me “Why do we need to imitate successful international TV concepts? Can’t we create our own?”  The value of shows that can be adapted resides in the benefit of training talent on success proven concepts and shortening the learning curve. In the Middle East, specifically in the Gulf and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we are witnessing a drastic positive change in both governments’ focus and solid investment in local content and talents which is perceived as the most vital pillar to hold a valid media industry aimed at excellence, originality and financial viability”.

The 2-day AFA initiative will provide 20 up-and-coming creators and established producers with an opportunity to “elevator pitch” original ideas as well as existing concepts for scripted and unscripted TV shows in a wide spectrum of content genres.

These pitches will be directed at key production, commissioning and marketing executives driving television business across the Middle East and seeking fresh ideas. 

Judging the presentations and mentoring for the candidates will come from industry pros Fadi Ismail, Director of Group Drama (Productions & Distribution) O3 Productions/MBC Group (UAE); Yahya Sameh, CEO, PromOmedia (Egypt); Justus Verkerk, CEO, FCCE (Netherlands); Jan Salling, CEO, Missing Link Media & co-Chairman, FRAPA (Denmark); Mai El Khalifa, Head of Production and Business Development Senior Manager, Dubai TV (UAE).

“We believe it is important to train and support a new generation of creators who are able to meet the growing demand of the industry,” Patrick ZUCHOWICKI JUCAUD, founder and general director of DISCOP Markets, said of the new initiative.

Close to 750+ film, television, online content production and distribution executives driving entertainment and media business across the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent are expected to participate.


Founded in 1991, DISCOP markets facilitate film, television, digital content and adaptation rights business in fast-developing world regions that are gradually taking on more developed entertainment and media marketplaces. These world-regions are also disrupting existing foreign sales and international coproduction business models.

DISCOP markets specifically target countries across Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean basin. Close to one hundred markets have taken place since 1991 in hotels and convention centers located in cities that play a key role in these dynamic marketplaces: Abidjan, Accra, Budapest, Dakar, Dubai, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, Tashkent and Warsaw. 

DISCOP markets deliver meetings and visibility necessary to build relationships, pitch projects and close deals. They also provide valuable, actionable information and tools, along with unparalleled connections otherwise impossible. 

For more information on DISCOP DUBAI visit www.discop.com

PRESS RELATIONS: Lara PRESTON - RED FLAG - lara@redflag.co.za

DISCOP Zanzibar - Dates & Venue Announced

Zanzibar | Johannesburg | Los Angeles | 15 Nov. 2017 - Hot on the heels of a hugely successful DISCOP Johannesburg, market organisers have announced the details of next year’s inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar event that will take place from July 11 to 13, 2018 at the Verde Hotel just outside Stone Town, Zanzibar.

DISCOP Zanzibar will take place alongside the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) that will run from the 7 to 15 of July for its 21st edition.  The partnership between ZIFF and DISCOP market organizers will see a larger focus on film within DISCOP Zanzibar, and also coincides with the announcement of two new categories of awards from ZIFF, Best TV Series and Best Web Series, reflecting the ever-increasing convergence of content across multiple platforms.

The launch of DISCOP Zanzibar is part of a regionalization process that will see the number of DISCOP markets aimed at sub-Saharan Africa’s booming entertainment content marketplace rise from currently two events a year, in Abidjan and Johannesburg, to four markets with the addition of Zanzibar and then Lagos as new DISCOP destinations.

“Noticeable business trends already point to how massive home-grown content consumption, intra-African trade and regional cooperation will be the dominant forces in shaping the Continent’s entertainment marketplace,” says Patrick ZUCHOWICKI, DISCOP founder and general manager, who adds, “Holding a DISCOP market specifically targeting the East African media industry is key to the development of our brand.”   

Major distributors as well as independents will be welcome with equal attention and participations options priced to make them as accessible as possible. DISCOP Zanzibar will also include a market component driven by pre-arranged meetings between key players driving Eastern Africa’s entertainment content development, production and distribution ecosystems. 

DISCOP Zanzibar will also host the sidebar NEXT GEN program, a permanent fixture of all DISCOP markets, featuring three stand-alone knowledge-transfer and pitching tracks: DISCOPRO, centred on regional and international coproduction opportunities; DISCORE, focused on the importance of music and sync deals within the content space; and DISCOMICS targeting the animation, special effects, comic books and video gaming sectors.

Ethiopia will be honoured as DISCOP Zanzibar’s inaugural edition’s Guest Country. With a population of 100 million-plus and a booming economy, Ethiopia is now one of the promising newcomers in Africa’s film, television and online industries.

An Early Bird 50% discount applied to all market badges will be available online via discop.com until 10 May 2018.


Founded in 1991, DISCOP markets facilitate the growth of entertainment content business in fast-growing marketplaces where entertainment and media business is fueled by young demographics, fast adoption of new technologies, rising disposable income and the popularity and abundance of content from different cultural backgrounds. The first DISCOP in Africa was held in 2008 with 324 delegates involved in a nascent industry generating less than $1 BIL in consumer and advertising revenues. Since 2015 two permanent markets are held each year: DISCOP Abidjan taking place in May and targeting Francophone Africa, a vast region making up 57% of African states and positioning itself as the Continent’s next growth frontiers; DISCOP Johannesburg taking place in November and already billed as the world’s biggest supermarket for entertainment content Made in Africa.


Just the name Zanzibar conjures up positive and mythical images – long known as a hub of trade, communications and a true cultural melting pot – Zanzibar is one of Africa’s top tourism destinations – and for good reason. ZIFF is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9-day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself. The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.

Zee’s Global Content Hub Launches New Original Slate for DISCOP SA

Featuring Zee’s first Indian-African drama series “Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan”

Two New Dramas & Lifestyle Program Available for first time at DISCOP

Mumbai, India/Los Angeles, CA October 16th 2017: Global Content Hub by Zee – the syndication division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) - announced its new, original programs for licensing at the upcoming DISCOP market, taking place in Johannesburg, SA October 25-27. Highlights of this year’s portfolio include the hot new Indian/African co-production series Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan, filmed in Dubai and the Ivory Coast.  Other featured shows on offer are two new dramas and a lifestyle program, as well as Zee’s complete rich catalog of over 240,000 hours’ programs in all genres. 

Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan, is an original and ground-breaking African-Indian co-production between Zee TV and RTI from Ivory Coast. Filmed in both Africa and the Middle East, the 13-episodic one-hour drama features well-known African actor Ahmed Souane from the Ivory Coast, who co-stars as the protagonist tycoon’s best friend. Renowned actor Javed Sheikh portrays UAE real estate tycoon, Ikram Malik and the story follows his endeavor to launch a massive real estate project in the UAE. The series is fast-paced, sophisticated and engrossing and began its broadcast in December 2016, garnering the highest rating recorded for any show in the UAE for 2016 (Average 12.1 TVR); and went on to become the top-rated show among South Asians for its entire 2-month run through February 2017. Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan is the second Indian drama series ever filmed in Dubai, the first was Parwaaz also produced by Zee.

Also on offer for the first time are two popular dramas and one factual program: Woh Apna Sa -- an Indian drama series about a troubled marriage and potential love triangle; Waaris (Heir) an Indian drama-thriller series; and English-language, transformational reality program Big Fat Truth about healthy living.

Sunita Uchil, ZEEL’s Chief Business Officer, International Ad Sales, Global Syndication and Production said, “Zee’s Global Content Hub is thrilled attend DISCOP SA to share which features the talented African actor, Ahmed Souane, in a lead role along with famed actor Javed Sheikh. We are also highlighting two fantastic dramas for the first time as well as an English-language healthy lifestyle program.  These shows, along with our high-quality catalog of over 240,000 hours of programming, are already gaining major interest from buyers.’”


About Global Content Hub by Zee

Welcome to Global Content Hub by Zee – the single point of access to a wide choice of content from across the world. Headquartered in India with close to 40 international channels and over 1 billion viewers worldwide, Zee TV’s Global Content Hub is a major creative and broadcasting entertainment programming force. The Global Content Hub portfolio is a one-stop-shop offering award-winning programs in every genre -- historical, romantic, family and thriller dramas; reality and formats; adventure and travel; scripted comedy; kids; lifestyle and fitness programs, and much more, all in variety of languages including Hindi and English. Global Content Hub by Zee holds one of the most significant international content libraries in the world with 240,000+ hours of premium content including 4,200+ movie titles. 

The Z Living portfolio of Global Content Hub by Zee is comprised of U.S.-produced, original HD content, offering over 1,700 hours of the best in health entertainment programming.  Show on nutritious cooking, fitness, beauty, travel & lifestyle, along with motivational real-life stories and competitions, help audiences find the right balance of health and happiness, achieving wellness goals and inspired living.

About Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL):

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) is a worldwide media brand offering entertainment content to diverse audiences. With a presence in over 172 countries and a reach of more than a billion people around the globe, ZEEL is among the largest global content companies across genres, languages, and platforms.  ZEEL is present across broadcasting, movies, music, live entertainment, digital and talent businesses, both within India and overseas and has more than 240,000 hours of television content and houses the world’s largest Hindi film library with rights to more than 4,200 movie titles across various languages. ZEEL has also produced several movies for theatrical release and is the fastest growing music label in India. It has presence in the digital space with 'dittoTV' and 'OZEE' and has also ventured into live events.

Media Contact:

MJ Sorenson, mj@mglobalcommunications.com  T:+1-646-225-6590

MJ Global Communications LLC ; 256 S. Robertson Bvld, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

SPI / FILMBOX brings TV channels and VOD to MTN users in Nigeria on “Vee-Tee”

Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX has announced it signed an agreement with Anttention Media Africa’s digital video and audio streaming platform “VeeTee” to deliver eight 24/7 Mobile TV channels and a VOD service to MTN, Africa’s leading telecommunications company through their sister company Edentek.

VeeTee’s mobile TV service now offers the following eight channels from SPI’s worldwide portfolio: FilmBox Africa with movies and TV series, FilmBox Art House featuring independent and classic films, DocuBox featuring documentaries on nature and human civilization, FashionBox devoted to fashion trends and shopping, FightBox – a 24/7 combat sports channel, Fast&FunBox with extreme sports programming, 360TuneBox – an international music network and Gametoon, a brand new e-gaming channel addressed to millennials.

In addition to live TV channels VeeTee now also provides MTN customers with access to FilmBox OnDemand which allows users to watch hundreds of movies, popular TV series and various sports, music and lifestyle videos whenever and wherever they want.

“The launch of FilmBox channels on VeeTee’s Mobile TV services is a major milestone for SPI’s African strategy. We are excited to see our audience grow in Nigeria thanks to the cooperation with Anttention Media Africa Limited,” said Amit Karni, Head of Distribution Africa.

“This is a victory for the general African digital landscape because mobile streaming for thematic channels is here to stay and with it comes the unbundling of other amazing opportunities aimed at solving Africa’s foremost need for ‘Positive Empowerment’” - stated Temple Obike, Founder/CEO Edentek Group.

Contact: Lukasz Bulka – Lukasz.bulka@spiintl.com

About SPI International

SPI International/Filmbox is a global media company operating more than 30 television channels on five continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 


The African Animation Network (AAN) is pleased to offer you a 50% discount on your DISCOP Johannesburg Producer Registration valid until 8 September2017.  Please click through on the link provided below and use the PROMO CODE: 50AAN.

Producer Accreditation includes:

  • Cost of $125 per producer for all 3 days of the market (a 50% discount)
  • Producers will have access to the AAN Animation Village, all the DISCOP & AAN conference eventsmasterclasses, the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde (Semi Final Grand Finale) and access to the matchmaking portal (with over 500 qualified buyers and sellers)



The current schedule of AAN events at DISCOP Johannesburg include:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
10:30am – 11:00am

- Hosted by AAN, this session will promote the diversity of the African animation industry and invite animationvisual effectsgaming and comics associations to explore possibilities of creating co-production opportunities between African regions.  Currently confirmed delegates include:

  • Nick Wilson | AAN
  • Nick Cloete  Animation South Africa (ASA)
  • Mbuotidem Johnson | Animation Nigeria (AN)
  • Abel Kouamé | Association Ivoirienne du Film d'Animation (AIFA)
  • Wilfrid J. de Dieu Paré | l’Association Burkinabè du Cinéma d’Animation (ABCA)
  • Ayodele Elegba | Association of Comic Makers Nigeria

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11:30am – 12:30pm

- How the world's premiere animation festival, Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market (MIFA) is discoveringsupporting and incubating talents from regions where industry and animation training are emerging

  • Géraldine Baché | Head of Projects | Marché International du Film D’Animation
  • Nick Wilson | Founder/Project Manager | African Animation Network

    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Johannesburg Semifinals

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Comic book consumption and attendance of comic conventions in Africa is experiencing a meteoric rise with growth estimates over the last 5 years as high as 1000%.  Pioneers in the African comic book industry discuss the current state of the sector and the long-term potential

    • Ayodele Elegba | Founder Lagos Comic Con
    • Thomas Imboywa Head of Business Development Nairobi Comic Con
    • Nick Wilson | Founder/Project Manager | African Animation Network

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Pan-African Grand Finale, the top 6 projects from DISCOP Abidjan go head-to-head with the top 6 projects from DISCOP Johannesburg

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    7:30pm – 9:30pm

    Prize Giving of the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde where the top 2 animation projects from across Africa will be announced and will gain automatic entry into the finals of Animation du Monde 2018to compete against their global counterparts from developing animation territories
    Prize Giving of the Digital Lab Africa - Animation Transmedia project- regardless of placing in the top 2, will gain automatic entry into the Digital Lab Africa Finals at DISCOP Abidjan 2018
    - The official closing event of DISCOP Johannesburg 2017

    AAN Conference at DISCOP Abidjan celebrates African animation diversity!

    The African Animation Network (AAN) has partnered with 6 national African AnimationVisual EffectsGaming and Comics (AVGC) associations.  These include; Lagos Comic ConventionAnimation South AfricaAssociation Burkinabé du Cinéma d'AnimationAssociation Ivoirienne du Film d' AnimationAssociation of Comic Makers of Nigeria and Animation Nigeria.

    “True to the AAN mandate, we’re providing an open network platform for African national AVGC associations to market themselves at Africa’s premiere content markets- DISCOP Abidjan Johannesburg.  We’re excited to explore the diversity of the African animation industry with the possibility of creating co-production and collaboration opportunities across borders and regions whilst simultaneously building capacity within the sector.” Said, Nick WilsonProject Manager of AAN.

    Acces the full Press Release HERE.