Canada In The Spotlight As Guest Country At DISCOP Johannesburg 2018

DISCOP, the leading content, adaptation right and project market dedicated to Africa and the Middle East, today announces that Canada will the Guest Country of its Johannesburg edition slated from 14 to 16 November.

This announcement was made possible thanks to the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, who have launched a dedicated incentive for the co-development of audiovisual projects between Canadian producers and South African producers.

The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organization contributing half of the funds.

“In the past 20 years, we’ve seen content produced between Canadian and South African creators hit international markets with great commercial success and critical acclaim. Producers in both countries have partnered to tell stories that are culturally-relevant to audiences in both countries and around the world,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Through our matching fund with the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, we have further enabled the development of strong partnerships between producers in both countries. As we aim to create yet more partnerships between Canadian and South African producers, we look forward to participating in DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 where Canada will be Guest Country.”

NFVF Acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba has this to say of the partnership, “The relationship between South Africa and Canada is very special, it was the first audio-visual co-production treaty to be signed, stemming from shared values of equality, democracy, peace, security and prosperity. The treaty has allowed the union between South Africa and Canada to continue to grow and forge new partnerships while cementing and enhancing old ones. The recently renewed Canada Media Fund partnerships is one such partnership aimed at fostering the development of content that is able to travel and find audiences across the globe.

It is therefore encouraging to witness South African content markets like DISCOP honour the relationship in this manner. We look forward to creating more opportunities for collaboration.”

The tribute to Canada will be marked by the presence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who will be in Johannesburg to present PANORA.TV its new B2B online platform facilitating transactions, from searching and shopping, to contract generation, payment processing and content delivery.

Canadian producers and government representatives attending DISCOP Johannesburg 2018, including André Ferreira, Communication Manager of the CMF, will be hosted at the “MADE IN CANADA PAVILION”, a networking and communications hub that will provide visibility and market exposure to Canadian delegates.

Two important sessions scheduled in the context of DISCOP’s sidebar NEXT GEN development and knowledge-transfer program will also examine coproduction and distribution opportunities between Canada and South Africa.

1500+ delegates are expected to take part in DISCOP Johannsburg 2018 including 400+ acquisition and development executives representing broadcasters, premium cable channels, mobile operators and streaming platforms operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and 200+ global and regional distributors will also be at the market to showcase their latest offerings and seek new representation deals.

In a move to accelerate the development of a sustainable production and distribution ecosystem across Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP content, adaptation right and project markets are held several times a year in strategic regional industry hubs.

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DISCOP Joburg: Focus On Animation

Organizers of the next Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP film, television, digital and video gaming content market and coproduction forum announced a parallel NEXT GEN development and pitching program with a special focus on animation.

Slated from 14 to 16 November, DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 is expecting 1,500+ delegates from 90 countries representing 1,000+ companies – including 200 global and regional distributors, 500 independent producers and 350 acquisition and coproduction executives representing broadcasters, pay-tv networks, mobile operators, telecoms and streaming platforms.

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.

“The factors which influence the emergence of a booming animation sector in Africa are numerous and the most obvious is talent.” Says Nick WILSON, President of the AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK, who adds, “However, the pressing challenge for these talents is how to accelerate their development and help them be ready for progression more quickly.”

In addition, the NEXT GEN agenda will put under the spotlight new mobile distribution models, the vital relationship between content and music, the disrupting effect of the blockchain technology, licensing and merchandising opportunities, Nigeria’s fast-rising entertainment and media sector, and the rapid emergence of the video-gaming sector. Producers will also be able to explore partnership opportunities with Egypt, Canada, France and Morocco.

Producers will also benefit from strategic networking opportunities with key players representing the South African media ecosystem who will plug them into relationships and information sources that will help them move forward.

“This year’s NEXT GEN agenda is a ‘must attend’ event that will once again create value and opportunities for independent producers attending DISCOP Johannesburg.” Says Tim Mangwedi, DISCOP’s Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, who adds, “As a platform focused on content business, our mandate is to help future generations of creators weigh their options, measure the challenges that lie ahead of them, and assess the risk landscape.”

A 50% ‘Early Bird’ discount is available until 17 September for non-exhibiting delegates registering online via using EBDJ17SEPT as a promo code.

The NEXT GEN program will be finalized by Monday 17 September. Requests for animation submission forms must be forwarded to


DISCOP Zanzibar | Mission Accomplished

The first DISCOP Zanzibar wrapped up last week after 3 days of intense meetings, networking, and focused interaction that reflected the health and continued growth of the East African TV, film, digital and video gaming content sector.

With over 500 attendees made up over just under 400 industry professionals, DISCOP Zanzibar proved to be a powerful meeting place for the most influential industry players from the region, and beyond.

Content was in strong demand from the 75 content buyers in attendance that represented 58 public and commercial broadcasters, cable / satellite operators, online and in-flight content aggregators, streaming platforms, and global and regional distributors from 17 African countries.

DISCOP Zanzibar’s continued focus on independent producers, as well as its partnership with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) could be seen by the immense interest from producers, with 141 independent content producers from 16 countries including 11 African countries attending the event.

Additionally the event hosted 39 sales executives representing 24 global vendors of finished content and adaptation rights (19) amongst a host of other professionals and experts from related media fields.

The 3 day NEXT GEN program that took place was also well attended throughout, with key panels such as The History and Future of Ethiopian Media; moderated by Salim Amin, Chairman of Camerapix, and The Africa Channel’s It’s Time for Africa – Creating & Producing for a Global Market. Moderated by Brendan Gabriel, VP Production & Creative Development, The Africa Channel being some of the highlights.

DISCOP Zanzibar was opened by the Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage who had this to say, “According to a PWC report last year, The Kenyan entertainment and media market was worth US$2.1 billion in 2016, up 13.6% on 2015 and will hit the US$3.0 billion mark in 2020, and totalling US$3.2 billion in 2021. The same report predicts that in Tanzania Pay-TV subscription revenue will nearly double before 2021. The Tanzanian TV market will total US$271 million in 2021, growing at a 11.8%.

The numbers from the industry speak for themselves, and there are a few organisations, such as DISCOP, who can see the potential and the value in this market, and who understand just how important the growth and development of this sector can be for the growth of the entire region.”

Registration and attendance for the first ever DISCOP Zanzibar exceeded many expectations and DISCOP Markets’s director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Tim Mangwedi, had this to say of the event and its potential for the future: “After a long absence, DISCOP is back in Eastern Africa, in a move to strengthen its position as Africa’s and the Middle East’s #1 destination for content trade and co-production business with five markets a year by end of 2020: Abidjan, Sharm El Sheikh, Lagos, Zanzibar and Johannesburg.”


DISCOP Zanzibar: It’s Time For Africa

Organizers of the DISCOP markets have announced some of the highlights of their upcoming Zanzibar event slated to take place from 11 to 13 July, at the brand new and 100% green VERDE HOTEL, champion of sustainable development and located 2 kilometers from Stone Town.

With two weeks left before the opening, 235+ delegates are already pre-rgistered for this new ‘micro-market’ including 75+ acquisition and programming executives representing 63 new and upcoming broadcasters and pay-tv operators servicing Eastern Africa like the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (Rwanda), Zanzibar Broadcaster Corporation (Tanzania), NTA (Nigeria), GBC, NET2 TELEVISION and IFN TV (Ghana), Swazi TV (Swaziland), STV SPECTRUM (Cameroon), MUVI TELEVISION (Zambia), DEEN TV (South Africa), LUNTHA TV (Malawi), DRTV (Congo Brazzaville) as well as more established companies from the region such as AZAM TV, ITV, CITIZEN TV, FAMILY TV, KTN, NBS TV.

Streaming platforms with a strong focus on the African marketplace such as IFLIX, SHOWMAX, IROKO and ARCADIA MOBILE will also be attending the 3-day market.

120+ independent film, television, digital and video gaming content producers and distributors will also be present at DISCOP Zanzibar to run parallel to the well established Zanzibar International Film Market.

These young creators and entrepreneurs will be invited to take part in the ‘Next Gen’ knowledge-transfer, development and pitching program. This sidebar program running alongside the market and open to all participants, will address strategic issues regarding the development of a sustainable audivoisual ecosystem meeting the demands and means of Africa, the world’s fastest growing entertainment and media marketplace.

As part of this program, The Africa Channel (TAC), will present ‘It’s Time For Africa | Creating & Producing for a Global Market’, a discussion to be moderated by Brendan GABRIEL, VP Production & Creative Development (TAC) with a special focus on practical tips tailored for producers who want to sell their content globally.

The ‘Next Gen’ program will feature three distinct program tracks respectively focusing on regional coproduction opportunites, the growing importance of video gaming content and the strategic value of original music to better accompany video entertainment content across the world.

Additionally, DISCOP Zanzibar will put the spotlight on Ethiopia with a special panel on The History and Future of Ethiopian Media; a journey through the last 30 years of broadcast media in Ethiopia. Experts look at state monopoly on broadcasting and the birth of new radio and TV stations, censorship of the media space, how the internet has changed access to information, the rise of new radio and TV stations and the type of content they are focusing on.  The discussion will be moderated by Salim Amin, Chairman of Camerapix with panellists including;

  • Zeresenay Berhane, Producer/Director & Co-founder, Kana TV
  • Begna Simesso, Director of Partnerships, Girl Effect Ethiopia
  • Tamara Dawit, Producer, Girl Effect Ethiopia

DISCOP Zanzibar has put a special focus on programs aimed at independent producers, and as part of this focus, the Africa Channel will present a not-to-be-missed panel; It’s Time for Africa – Creating & Producing for a Global Market. Moderated by Brendan Gabriel, VP Production & Creative Development, The Africa Channel, the discussion will focus on advice for producers who want to sell their content into a global market. Sharing their insihts will be experts including:

  • Narendra Reddy, EVP & GM, The Africa Channel
  • Biola Alaibi, CEO, Biola Alaibi Media
  • Katie Cates, Talent Agent, ICM

Women of Influence will also be in the spotlight at DISCOP Zanzibar with a panel discussion in partnership with the Ladima Foundation. The discussion will be an inspiring session on how to achieve influence and share it with the next generation. Panelists will include Nigeria’s Biola Alaibi and Bikiya Graham Douglas, Theresa Smith from STEPS in South Africa, Zanzibar filmmaker Farida Nyamachumbe, and others.

Other important panel discussions and workshops will feature topics such as *The African eSports and Animation Explosion *The Growing Global Recognition of African Music and its Impact on Film, Television, Gaming and Advertising *How to pitch your content as well as *Scriptwriting and Marketing your Script in East Africa just to name a few.


Zanzibar TV Series: Official Competition Announced


The Africa Channel, proud sponsors of the inaugural ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL and The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), are excited to announce the 20 official titles entered into competition for the award for Best TV Series at ZIFF 2018.

The new categories of best TV and best Web Series were announced last year by ZIFF as part of its partnership with Africa’s largest content markets, DISCOP that will see some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for DISCOP Zanzibar, from the 11th – 13th during ZIFF which is taking place from July 7th – 15th.

Within ZIFF, the three days of TV Series screenings, presented by The Africa Channel, will be the official showcase for TV shows selected in competition for ZIFF. The selection team at ZIFF was overwhelmed with the response in this the first year of the competition, with dozens of TV shows being submitted from across Africa.

ZIFF Festival Director, Fabrizio Colombo elaborates, “We are proud at ZIFF to have formally opened up competition to TV and WEB SERIES and we would like to thank The Africa Channel for allowing us to start in this  great way in 2018. More and more in the film industry, and not only in Africa, it is said the television is the future of cinema. We want to acknowledge this dynamic space and its role in the development in the African entertainment landscape.  Moreover, the quality of the storytelling and production in many of these TV series is an example of just how much cinema has influenced TV production. From this synergy, the African film industry has the possibility to grow, develop, and travel outside the boundaries of the continent. ZIFF will aim  to be at the center of this development and for TV and film producers.”

Two days of competition screenings selected by the ZIFF Festival will screen from the 12th and 13th of July, and will be followed by a showcase day of screenings on the 14th where platforms such as The Africa Channel will premier some of their most exciting  African-influenced content developed for the global marketplace. These include projects THE BANK, developed with Emmy nominated producers Rebecca and Doug Henning and Matt Luetwyler; WORLD WIDE NATE, an extreme  adventure show; and MINJIBA ENTERTAINS, a food and lifestyle show.

Open to the public as well as industry guests, The ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will celebrate excellence. The event strives to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented.

To further support this exciting event, The Africa Channel will also be presenting a panel discussion at DISCOP Zanzibar targeted specifically at independent TV / content producers looking to sell their material internationally. The panel will cover topics including: creating for international markets, co-productions for independents, thinking beyond Pan African, and connecting Africa to the world. More details of the panel will be available at

The Africa Channel’s Narendra Reddy, Ececutive Vice President & General Manager, explains,

“Through our TAC Studions production arm, we have seen first-hand the tremendous pipeline of talent from across Africa. The Zanzibar International Film Festival is a fabulous showcase for this talent, and we are proud to be the official sponsor of ZIFF’s inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival. We look forward to hosting TV series screenings and a lively panel discussion for independent producers.  It’s going to be a very exciting event for all attendees.”

The full schedule of TV series screenings will be available on the ZIFF website,

  • Tales Of Eve | The Present Past
    Imoh Umoren – Nigeria
    SANCTUS MTSIMBE – Tanzania
  • Umlilo
    Denny Miller – South Africa
    Dolapo Adeleke – Nigeria
  • Career Talk
    Saitabao Kaiyare – Kenya
  • Crazy, Lovely, Cool –
    Obi Emelonye – Nigeria
  • Before 30
    Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore- Nigeria
  • Hard Copy
    South Africa – Harriet Gavshon and Tim Greene (Producers)
  • iNumber Number
    South Africa – Siphiwe Hlabangane (producer)
  • Talaaka
    Nilesh Bhatt – Tanzania
    Enah Johnscott- Cameroon
  • Ball’n Africa
    Silalei Owuor – Kenya
  • Tumaini Senta
    Kangethe – Mungai Kenya
  • Jab
    Lucilla Blankenberg, Laddie Bosch – South Africa
  • Giving Nature a Voice
    Andrew Tkach (Executive Producer) – Kenya
  • KERU
    Victor Gatonye – Kenya
  • # Family
    Kwezi kaganda Ruhinda – Uganda
  • La Msingi
    Morrison Mwadulo – Kenya
  • Fihi Season
    Carol Odongo Boy – Kenya
  • America Heard: Refuge of Hope
    United States – Yasmin Mistry
  • Chronicles of a Paranoiac
    Russian Federation – Nikita Tamarov
  • Connection House
    Italy – Vincenzo Cavallo
  • Festival Politicos
    South Africa- Tshego “Red” Mosiane, Misa Makwakwa Masokameng
    Germany – Dorothee Wenner
  • LOOP
    Mexico – Fernando Perezgil, Gerardo LS, Emmanuel Basurto
  • Nadya
    Tanzania – Shams Bhanji
  • Nekros Pizza
    United States – Sean Manos
  • Ngalangala
    Tanzania –  Tom Johns
  • Our Best Friend’s Wedding
    Nigeria – Jerry Ossai
  • Prime Donne
    Italy – Giacomo Spaconi
    Italy  – Michele Bevilacqua, Arcangelo Iannace , Francesco Spaziani
  • Seburikoko
    Rwanda – Kennedy Mazimpaka
    Kenya – Reuben Odanga
  • SUBS
    South Africa – Tshego ‘Red’ Mosiane, Tseliso Monaheng
  • Tales of Shaa Umi and Nandis Adventure
    Zimbabwe – Rodney Tapfuma Masanga
  • The Yard
    Kenya – Busaka Jackton
  • Thesha
    South Africa – Lungelo Mdlalose
  • Two sides of a coin
    Kenya – Morris Simwa, Calvin Ombogo
    Richard Magumba – Tanzania