Basic Lead, a business-to-business trade show organizer that put together DISCOP AFRICA, recently announced a record turnout for its television content industry gathering’s spring edition in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In attendance at the three-day event were more than 1,142 delegates from 534 companies, who took part in the market, conference, pitching and screening program. Those in attendance included 121 international programming suppliers, 183 independent producers and 221 buyers of content and adaption rights, all of whom contributed to the fast-growing mutliplatform, multiscreen content production and distribution industries of West Africa.
According to Patrick Zuchowicki Jucaud, founder and director of DISCOP, the turnout for this year’s event was nearly double what it was from last year. Participants at this year’s even represented 63 different countries, whereas the 2015 event came from 52.
The Television Summit, an initiative that was launched by Affoussiata Bamba, minister of communications in Ivory Coast, made its debut at this year’s DISCOP AFRICA. Discussions were held to form strategies that will help build and shape a maintainable, structured and self-sufficient production of content and distribution landscape that could potentially serve Francophone Africa, which is quickly establishing itself as a television marketplace.