TV Content Market Focuses on Ethiopia, Announces Knowledge-Transfer Programme
By Khalifa Hemed
Published April 6, 2018
DISCOP Zanzibar, that is scheduled for July 11 – 13, 2018 in Verde Hotel on the Tanzanian Indian Ocean island known as Zanzibar, says its Next Gen knowledge-transfer and development programme shall run parallel to the three-day market.
The Next Gen programme will feature a potent trio of tracks aimed at delegates attending both the Zanzibar International Film Festival and DISCOP Zanzibar as both events will run concurrently.
The Next Gen programme will comprise DISCOPRO that focuses on international distribution opportunities for entertainment content produced in Africa;
DISCORE that focuses on the production of original music to accompany film, television, and online entertainment content in a world under the influence of multiple cultural backgrounds; and DISCOMICS that will focus on the ubiquity of animated content, the staying power of comic books, the evolution of video games, and the surging popularity of eSports across all platforms and screens.
DISCOP Zanzibar has named Ethiopia its 2018 Guest Country for what it says ‘will help the nascent Ethiopian film, television, digital content production and distribution sectors build stronger connections with key industry executives driving Africa’s multi-platform entertainment content production and distribution industries’.
DISCOP Zanzibar estimates that more than 500 delegates from 50 countries representing more than 300 companies will attend DISCOP Zanzibar in 2018.
The USA-based organisation that also conducts markets in Ivory Coast, South Africa and Dubai, says the attendees shall include film, television, online content and adaptation right buyers, broadcasters, online pay-tv platforms, mobile operators, airlines and territorial sub-distributors operating in eastern Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Zanzibar TV Series Festival, that is set to screen for three days some of the best TV Series from across Africa and beyond and Women of Influence Evening Conversation that is expected to bring together ‘the most creative, iconic and culturally relevant women in Africa’s entertainment and media industry’ are two additional programmes to be presented in the framework of the inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar.