Zuku’s Richard Bell to be keynote speaker at DISCOP AFRICA 2013 set for November in South Africa


Wananchi Group CEO Richard Bell
Wananchi Group CEO Richard Bell

Richard Bell, CEO of Wananchi Group – which operates East Africa’s payTV service provider Zuku – has been selected as the keynote speaker during the forthcoming DISCOP AFRICA 2013 conference set for Johannesburg, South Africa from November 6- 9, 2013.

According to the announcement by the Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP Organization, Bell will conduct a “Q&A” on the development of the Pay-TV market in Africa and the reasons why Africa is expected to be the world’s number one Pay-TV marketplace within the next 10 years. Rick Feldman will moderate the session which will take place on Wednesday November 6 at 9 a.m.

Launched in 2008, the annual DISCOP AFRICA gathering is designed to facilitate content development, production and distribution business across and with Africa. Meant also to deliver super fast growth opportunities, the 3-day DISCOP AFRICA program will focus strictly on business deals, high-level connections and transfer of practical knowledge.

The program includes an exhibition showcasing the world’s greatest content brands, fast-track training sessions specifically aimed at independent content producers, a TV format pitching competition, and numerous social functions.

During the meeting, participants are regrouped under specific categories based on their declared business objectives, and meetings are then set-up by our Johannesburg-based matchmaking team.

During the 2013 DISCOP AFRICA, Nigeria will be the first country to take center stage as “Guest Country.”

“A guest country will be honored at each DISCOP Africa to offer attendees an in-depth look at Africa’s most vibrant marketplaces. To mark Nollywood’s 20 year anniversary, Nigeria will be our first guest country and its Film and TV industries will be honored during a special gala evening,” said Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, General Manager of The DISCOP Organization, adding, “Africa is the fastest-growing advertising, Free-to-Air and Pay-TV marketplace in the world, our ambition is to run two events a year, in the not so distant future, one in South Africa, and the other in Nigeria.”

More than 2,000 delegates from 70-plus countries are expected to attend the meeting, representing more than 800 new and established regional and global companies driving content business and digital changes with and across Africa. National umbrellas representing the UK, France, the US, China, Korea, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa will also be on the floor.