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DISCOP Africa trumpets attendance rise

DISCOP Africa saw attendance increase 150% at its seventh annual edition, which concluded last week, with 1,248 delegates attending the event in South Africa, according to organizers.
November 6, 2012

DISCOP Africa saw a year-on-year attendance increase of 150% at its seventh annual edition, which concluded last week, with 1,248 delegates attending the event in South Africa, according to organizers Basic Lead.

The event, which took place from October 31 to November 2 in Johannesburg, saw delegates representing 672 companies from 86 countries attending, including 173 exhibiting distributors and 304 broadcasters, pay-TV platforms, mobile operators, broadband-based TV services, closed-circuit networks and territorial distributors operating in Africa.

“With two and a half times more participants year-on-year, all of them busy throughout the three-day program, we can conclude that Africa has now become the world’s fastest growing digital entertainment marketplace,” said Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, general manager of LA-based Basic Lead.

“The consensus amongst veteran distributors was that 90 per cent of Africa’s key content buyers were at the market and that sales were significantly stronger than ever before.”

The next DISCOP Africa will take place in 2013 from November 6-8, at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg.

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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