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Stephen Watson | Discover Digital - Managing Director
Stephen is the Managing Director of Discover Digital, the digital entertainment and video on demand services company which he established in 2013, to bring internet television solutions to the African market via Internet Service Providers and Telecommunications Networks. Stephen is also a Director of Discover Digital International, which now has partnerships with leading telecommunication networks in four African countries. In 2017, Discover Digital acquired a controlling stake in EFX Productions Limited which specialises in live events streaming, television productions and broadcast technical services for clients like Fox Sports and Facebook. Stephen is a Director and Chairman of the EFX Board of Directors.
Stephen’s business history has involved holding various positions in the industry including: Group Executive: Marketing and Communications for the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (Pty) Ltd; CEO of the Gauteng Motorsport Company (Pty) Ltd; Tournament Director for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa; Global General Manager of A1 Holdings Ltd (A1 Grand Prix Holding Company) – Dubai & South Africa.
Stephen has completed the: Institute of Directors: Being a Director and Finance for Directors Course; Wits Business School’s ALTX Directors Induction Programme and GIBS Chief Negotiator Course. An innovator with significant experience in multi-faceted Programme Management, Digital Content Aggregation, IPTV & VOD Technology Operations, Sports Business Management, Multiple Stakeholder Management and Commercial Partner Acquisitions and Relations Management, Stephen has a thorough understanding of intellectual property rights; commercial business management; operational and technical management requirements with specialised sports business management experience.
Outside of his business career, Stephen is married with two young children. Having once been a professional driver pursuing an international career which included being a test driver in Formula 1 and competing in ALMS, FIA GT, FIA and British F3. He is also a passionate speaker having been a keynote speaker at International Sporting Conferences, Broadcast Industry Events; Tertiary Education Institutions and Government Functions.