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Talpa Media, Modern African Productions strike up deal at DISCOP Accra

Deal is part of the activity taking place during last week's conference, which racked up the highest attendance figures of any African DISCOP event.
February 15, 2011

DISCOP Accra wound down last week in the capital of Ghana, and notched up the highest attendance numbers of any African DISCOP event at 439 participants.

Organizers say every major U.S. studio was represented at the event, as well as Latin American telenovela suppliers and global TV channel brands. Also, 162 buyers registered from 99 Sub-Saharan African TV stations and pay TV companies, a 31% jump over last year.

Among the deals closed at the event was an agreement between John de Mol’s Talpa Media and Accra-based Modern African Productions (MAP). The deal will see the companies coproduce Talpa Media international formats for several African countries, ranging from reality properties to game shows and scripted programs.

This year, a training program geared towards educating participants about trans-cultural production opportunities was also part of the schedule, held just before the three-day main event.

The next DISCOP event in Africa will take place in Nairobi from September 7-9 of this year.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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