Excitement is building for DISCOP Johannesburg, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25 to 27 October 2017. This annual market for the film industry was launched in 2012 and hosts similar events in Dubai, Abidjan, Lagos and Zanzibar in addition to Johannesburg. It has become a major destination to buy and co-produce content from across Africa as well as sell international film, television and digital content, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels into Sub-Saharan Africa. Germany will be DISCOP Johannesburg’s “guest country”.
Sub-Saharan Africa is growing in importance in the international film and entertainment industry. IDATE predicts a 30% expansion in the next five years, amounting to nearly US$10-billion in consumer revenues by 2021. Pay-TV subscriber numbers are expected to double and OTT video services increase during this time. Advertising revenues are another major source of future growth for the region.
DISCOP Johannesburg is expected to attract more than 1000 executives specialising in acquisition, development, production and distribution from over 70 countries. The three days will be dedicated to making deals, sharing knowledge and networking. Around 250 public and commercial broadcasters, cable, satellite and mobile pay-TV operators, VOD platforms and territorial distributors servicing the Sub-Saharan region will be on the lookout for the latest innovative content, fresh ideas and cross-border projects.
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