DISCOP Istanbul delegates mull over multi-platform

The second annual TV content market serving Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia reports a 25% jump in attendance and increasing interest in documentaries and regional coproduction deals brought about by the Arab Spring.
March 7, 2012

Organizers of the second annual TV content market DISCOP Istanbul have reported a 25% spike in attendance over last year’s event.

Held in a hotel in the Turkish capital, the three-day market, which serves producers, distributors and broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and Central Asia, attracted 337 companies from 51 countries, 128 exhibitors and 628 delegates.

“Istanbul has clearly established itself as a strategic crossroads for content business directed at Western Asia and Northern Africa,” said DISCOP founding manager Patrick Jucaud. “Turkey will continue to reinforce its key position as stability prevails in that part of the world, especially if economic conditions continue to worsen in the Eurozone.”

The event saw a 32% jump in regional broadcasters, cable channels, Pay-TV platforms, IPTV operators, mobile networks and territorial agents taking part.

Multi-platform development was a big theme during the conference. Sessions focused on developing multi-platform markets in Central Asian countries such as Tajikistan, as well as the renaissance of Arabic content and regional coproduction initiatives, and organizers of the forthcoming TEDxSilkRoad speakers series (to be held in Istanbul on April 11) hosted a day themed ‘Decode the Future’ during which development of multi-platform ‘digital ecosystems’ across the Silk Road region was discussed.

“The future of content distribution lies in the development of secured, non-linear platforms accessible through the widest possible variety of mobile screens,” said Ferhan Cook, an organizer of the upcoming event. “And the future in this partTEDxSilkRoad of the world is now.”

As well, the recent Arab Spring uprisings have created a demand among buyers for documentaries as well as increased interest among producers in regional coproduction deals.

The third DISCOP ISTANBUL will take place March 5-7, 2013.

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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 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.