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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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