Don Boyd began his career at the BBC. In his twenties he directed commercials (Coca Cola, Chrysler) and two feature films including East of Elephant Rock starring John Hurt premiered at the London Film Festival. In the 1980’s he produced several celebrated British films - Scum, Look Back In Anger (with Malcom Macdowell), The Tempest, The Great Rock’n Roll Swindle, Aria (Palme D’Or nominated opera film featuring the work of Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Russell and Nicolas Roeg), and War Requiem starring Laurence Olivier and Tilda Swinton. In 1989 he returned to his directorial career with Goldeneye starring Charles Dance, Twenty One (nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), Kleptomania, Lucia and My Kingdom starring Richard Harris. He directed several BBC documentaries including an award winning series featuring Goldie Hawn, Burt Reynolds, Lisa Minelli, Rosanne Barr and Charlton Heston. During the last decade he directed over 100 hours of arts programming for the online channel Hibrow.
Producer/Story Writer
Panamanian attorney and diplomat, Rodrigo, is the author of the short story, Magic. With previous credit in television (Panama Jackpot), his industry experience includes writing, directing and producing for stage; as well as live music and artist management. He is a director and founding partner of South African media company Rodway Productions.
Pioneering, courageous, dependable and vastly experienced, Erika Klopper is at the forefront of African TV production with an unusually detailed understanding of the broadcast TV environment. Leading television business-woman and industry insider Erika Klopper is among the most respected and proven of Africa’s top producers. Today, she is a deeply skilled Production Head whose portfolio of credits are as impressive as they are diverse, ranging from local feature films (such as Chicken Bizniz) to international co-productions (such as the Dutch feature film, Zoop) to dramas (like Snitch and Tropical Heat), prime-time reality formats (such as Fear Factor, Top Chef and Big Brother) and live shows (such as Mike and the Mechanics in concert). She began her illustrious career at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), after which she moved to Endemol South Africa as a production accountant working on the multi-award winning soap opera Isidingo. Erika helped to expand Endemol’s network across Africa, establishing enterprises in Namibia (2004), Nigeria (2005) and Kenya (2006). She was quickly promoted to the position of Head of Entertainment and Infotainment for Endemol SA. Erika was then head-hunted into the position of General and Programme Manager for M-Net Nigeria (2007 - 2010), based in Lagos. Erika was instrumental in the setting up of M-Net’s first studio facility in the country, which became a vital corner stone of the company’s expansion into creating relevant, home-grown content for local audiences. Erika joined The Televisionaries as Managing Director in 2015 and was involved in creating customized editions of the Emmy-Award winning reality format The Voice for the Angolan channel Jango Luxo, as well as The Voice South Africa for M-Net and The Voice Nigeria for Africa Magic Showcase. Well versed in creating content for demanding environments, Erika’s skills encompass strategic creative direction, financial management and controls, contract negotiation, technical and talent resourcing, broadcast delivery, HD migration, skills development, sponsor engagement and more. A supporter of knowledge sharing initiatives, she’s also worked hard to promote training and skills development for crew and creatives, a passion that has helped many African producers on their own successful journeys to the top. She is currently serving on an HBO production called Trackers, a 10-part drama adaptation by South Africa’s number one author, Deon Meyer.
Executive Producer/ Music Supervisor
Simon is a British author, songwriter, film producer, and rock manager. The music mogul has managed artists: The Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Marc Bolan, Ultravox, Boney M, and Wham! Hit songs including ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, and his film credit includes ‘What’s New Pussycat’, ‘Foreign Skies’, ‘Pirate Radio’, and ‘To be Frank’.
Creative Producer
Allison Triegaardt’s evolution into one of Africa’s leading story consultants and creative producers has been polished by academic success and impressive credentials.
Allison holds a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) Degree in Film and Television from the University of Cape Town (2010), during which she was awarded The Rosalie van der Gucht Scholarship for her research into fictional character development in South African TV drama. Having worked as a Story Consultant (designing drama from the blank page) and Story Doctor (fixing problem productions on air) since 2008, Allison’s portfolio includes South Africa’s critically acclaimed multi-award winning daily drama Isibaya, currently broadcast on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161; the Nigerian hit telenovela series Hotel Majestic; and the multi-award winning Nigerian soap opera Tinsel from its inception in 2008 until Season 8 in 2015. Tinsel is recognized as the longest running soap in Nigerian television history. Both Nigerian series are still broadcast to over 50 African countries on the Africa Magic Showcase channel – the largest broadcast platform on the continent that a daily TV series can reach. Allison worked for a period of 2 years as as Post Production Supervisor on the multi-award winning SABC3 daily drama Isidingo (produced by Endemol South Africa). She was then positioned as Endemol South Africa’s first Key Creative (2004 - 2005). Most recently she has served as Show Runner on Moja Love’s flagship telenovela Hope (2018) and facilitated a Telenovela Development Workshop for the channel eExtra (2018). She also regularly serves as a professional training facilitator, offering beginner and advanced Story Masterclasses and Script Workshops in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa. Allison served as a Judge for the 2013 Rockie Awards (Banff World TV Festival), the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards and the 2017 International Emmy® Awards. Allison founded The Televisionaries (Pty) Ltd in 2012 as a pan-African story, production and broadcast consultancy working to assist in skills development and improve the quality of programming across the continent.