IPO DFM Hangout: The Great Copyright Debate

IPO DFM Hangout: The Great Copyright Debate: A Pan-African dialogue on the role of copyright in supporting the growth of content production on the Continent.

Mon, July 19th 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Moderator: Phumla Mfeka – Mfeka Attorneys (South Africa)


Stephen Hollis –  Adams & Adams (South Africa)

Thandi Davids – IPO co-chair and Storyscope (South Africa)

Bertrand Moullier – International Federation of Film Producers Associations [FIAPF] (UK)

Ayokunle Adetula  – Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)

Bradley Silver – Netflix (USA)


Join us at the 12th Durban FilmMart!

As the world continues to adapt to a radically changed world a year on, a change that has affected the film industry to its core, storytellers have continued to innovate, shape-shift, and collaborate.  Through adaptation, resilience, and inspiration, the industry has taken this disruption, and found new ways to move their world-building forward. The 12th Durban FilmMart will reflect on changes to the film ecosystem, and the opportunities this represents for the shape of stories to come.


Nobantu Phumla Mfeka is an Entertainment Lawyer who has been engaged in the creative industries for approximately 15 years having begun her journey as a contributing script writer in South Africa as well as in the USA. She is a versatile Entertainment Lawyer with expertise in the various aspects of this law including theatre, music, film, and television. She consults with local and international clients in various industries but focuses in the protection and management of IP rights in the entertainment industries incl. She is co-founder and managing director of a legal consultancy Global Entertainment Law (Pty) Ltd and Director at Mfeka Attorneys. Ms Mfeka is passionately involved in industry policy engagements providing legal counsel including, assisting clients to formulate policy positions, drafting submissions on behalf of clients on proposed legislative reforms, making representations on copyright reforms and partaking in discussions with the creative and cultural industries as well key stakeholders in government.


Stephen Hollis is an Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer and Partner at Adams & Adams law firm in South Africa, who specializes in developing brand protection and enforcement strategies with a specific focus on the African market.  He is also a copyright and entertainment law expert, who is passionate about the arts and the protection and advancement of the rights of creatives and cultural communities.

Thandi Davids began her career in PR and was head-hunted to join the Independent Broadcasting Authority at its inception. She has worked in the music industry producing the Kora All Africa Music Awards for live TV broadcast, in print media and worked closely with the UN to deliver major events including the WSSD, the IUCN Conservations Conference and COP17. She served as Africa Regional Director of Broadcasting and Marketing for Fox International Channels and is presently a founding member of StoryScope where she serves as EP and Head of Development.

Bertrand Moullier has been an independent consultant for the filmed entertainment sector since 2005, when he started NARVAL Media Ltd.For the past 15 years, he has advised the International Federation of Film Producers Associations [FIAPF] on global trade and business issues in production financing, distribution models and regulatory frameworks affecting the growth of these sectors. He is also a senior advisor of 10 years to the Independent Film & Television Alliance [IFTA] a global trade association comprising over 200 independent sales, production and distribution companies. Bertrand advises IFTA on trade and regulatory issues in the European market.

Ayokunle Adetula is a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property department of the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode. Ayokunle regularly acts for clients in respect of a whole range of intellectual property matters including but not limited to prosecution of trade mark matters, opposition matters, cancellation and rectification proceedings, copyrights and related matters. Ayo regularly advises both high networth Clients and start-ups on their IP strategy and management processes to protect their competitive edge in the market and maximize their returns on investments.  

Bradley Silver is Head of IP Policy at Netflix where he focuses globally on policy advocacy and strategy to address IP legislative and related developments relevant to Netflix’s business.  Prior to joining Netflix, Bradley was Chief IP Counsel at WarnerMedia. He received his undergraduate (BA) and law (LLB) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.