Monday, May 2, 2016
With nearly 600 participants already registered, the company Basic Lead, organizers of the next Ivorian edition of Discop Africa announce at one month of the event, a record attendance for this great Pan-African meeting of the television Industry.”
A day of conferences entitled ‘The Summit of the Television ‘, organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Communication of the Republic of Ivory Coast, will henceforth each mark official opening of the Ivorian edition of Discop Africa, whose 2016 edition will be held from Tuesday 31 May to Thursday 2 June at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan,” reads a note of organisers.
In the programme for this first summit: the transition to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and the future challenges for pay TV in Francophone Africa; new “grammar” of production and distribution of audiovisual content that are needed in African multi-platform landscape; the relationship between television and cinema; and protection of rights and content internationalisation designed and produced in Africa.”The stowage of the television infrastructures in the ‘all-digital’ is a technological requirement to which African countries like ours, cannot break,” indicates Madam Affoussiata Bamba-Lamine, Minister of Communication of the Republic of Ivory Coast, who will kick off a debate on the theme of ‘the influence of the industries of the audiovisual creation in the emergence of Africa’.”
“Launching such an annual summit, here in Abidjan, marks the volition of Discop Africa to build special relationships with regulatory bodies and copyright protection, professional associations and the lesser-known, yet critical, actors of pay TV who today advance the development, production, distribution and trade content in francophone Africa,” Patrick Zuchowicki, CEO and founder of BASIC Lead crows.
Numerous international decision-makers of the audiovisual and digital economy, concerned with the opportunities which sub-Saharan Africa is offered, will speak during “The summit of the television “, such as representatives of public institutions like the Ministry of the Communication and that of Culture and the Francophony of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the public channel RTI, the High Authorities of Regulation of the Audiovisual from French-speaking Africa, as well as diverse labour unions of cable television companies.
The private sector will also be strongly represented by companies like AFROSTREAM, CANAL +, WEST COAST, DIFFA, IROKO, I.N.A., LAGARDERE ENTERTAINMENT, TV5 MONDE, STUDIO CO2, etc …
The summit will also support Ivory Coast and its institutions in their efforts to identify new employment opportunities for young people, promote indirect economic benefits, and initiate effective and fruitful business relationship for all from the country.
“International companies are eyeing the African media potential as a golden cake. To succeed in the medium and long term, they must necessarily consider the social realities on the ground to adopt responsible and equitable policies,” says Severine Laurent, Media & Communication Consultant (Afrikakom) and member of the editorial committee of the summit. She adds: “This, of course, while promoting the development of local partnerships and exchanges of knowledge.”
Launched in 2008, DISCOP AFRICA has quickly established itself as the must-visit and most anticipated of Africa for the creative industries and the sale of television and multiplatform content where, for three days, gather, buyers, sellers, distributors and producers of films, TV programs, film rights and “packaged” channels gather.Discop Africa takes place twice a year: in Abidjan in early summer, and Johannesburg in the late fall. In 2015, the Ivorian edition of Discop Africa hosted 618 participants representing 324 companies from 51 countries including 23 in Africa.
For the edition 2016, which will put Turkey in the spotlight, more than 1,000 participants representing over 450 companies from 70 countries are expected for three days of business meetings and meetings with leading experts who bring a concrete and practical support to development sectors, financing, production and distribution of film and television content.