By Benjamin Njoku
The Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP organization has announced a major new initiative to celebrate the content, production and distribution industries in key territories served by its two regional markets, as it introduces a ‘Guest Country’ focus at both DISCOP Africa and DISCOP Istanbul.
Nigeria will be the first country to take centre stage at Johannesburg based DISCOP Africa in November 2013. A range of dedicated events, screenings and conference tracks will take place to mark the 20th anniversary of Nollywood, highlighting the rapidly growing Nigerian movie industry, which was recently ranked second in the world in production terms.
Also, at DISCOP Africa, Richard Bell, CEO of Wanachi Group, East Africa’s leading home entertainment operator and the second largest Pay-TV operator in Africa, has been named as the keynote speaker at the event’s opening session. Richard Bell will be interviewed in a one-on-one session on the development of the Pay-TV market in Africa and the reasons Africa is expected to be the world’s number one Pay-TV marketplace within the next ten years.
“A guest country will be honored at each DISCOP AFRICA to offer attendees an in-depth look at Africa’s most vibrant marketplaces. To mark Nollywood’s 20 years anniversary, Nigeria will be our first guest country and its Film and TV industries will be honored during a special gala evening,” says Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, General Manager of The DISCOP Organisation.