Allison has managed to successfully yoke education and practice resulting in a wealth of experience and knowledge. With a Bachelor of Art in Dramatic Art (BADA) from the University of the Witwatersrand (1998) including merit awards across all majors (Acting, Directing and Television), followed by 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, Allison’s primary ambition over the course of her career has been to assist in creating high quality TV programs that make a tangible and valuable contribution to the African television industry.
Having worked as a TV Story Consultant and Story Doctor since 2009, Allison’s portfolio includes South Africa’s critically acclaimed daily drama Isibaya, currently broadcast on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161). Creative, collaborative and strategic, Allison has played a significant role in the story design and development of the multi-award winning Nigerian soap opera Tinsel from its inception in 2008 until Season 8 in 2015. As it approaches it’s 1,700th episode, Tinsel is recognized as the longest running soap in Nigerian television history. Allison has also played a significant role in the design and development of the Nigerian hit telenovela series Hotel Majestic. Both Nigerian series are 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.
Previously Allison held the position of General Manager at M-Net Nigeria (2006 – 2007). Based in Lagos, she focussed on establishing relationships with the country’s diverse network of producers and regulatory officials, whilst identifying opportunities for investment into local production in order to develop the Africa Magic footprint. This role built upon expertise she had gained previously as Commissioning Editor for M-Net South Africa. Her broadcasting credits during this time include, amongst others: Idols West Africa, Big Brother Nigeria, Edge of Paradise and Doctors’ Quarters.
Allison’s production portfolio includes the South African leg of the hit reality show The Amazing Race (season 7). She served as Creative Producer/ Writer for Endemol Namibia, producing the talk-show Movers & Shakers and game show Streetlive for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Prior to Namibia she worked as as post production supervisor on the daily drama Isidingo, Content Producer for Big Brother Africa (season 1), Content Director for Big Brother SA (season 2) and Head of Content Project Fame. Her reality programming experience earned her a guest lecturer spot at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 and 2003. But Allison’s real passion lies in story and content development – as evidenced by her work as Key Creative for Endemol South Africa.
In her constant quest for knowledge, she regularly participates in writing workshops such as Robert McKee’s Story seminar (2011), Richard Beynon’s Screenwriting course (2012) and Pamela Douglas’ masterclass Writing the TV Drama Series (2013). She served as a judge for the 2013 Rockie Awards (Banff World TV Festival), and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice 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.
Leading television business woman and industry insider Erika Klopper is among the most respected and proven of Africa’s top producers. She began her illustrious career at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) where she worked on multiple productions including the FNB Music Awards, Mzeewa 26 and the Loerie Awards. Today, she is a deeply skilled Production Head whose portfolio of credits are as impressive as they are diverse, ranging from feature films (such as Chicken Bizniz and Zoop) to dramas (like Snitch and Tropical Heat), reality (such as Fear Factor and Big Brother) and live shows (like Mike and the Mechanics in concert).
After her time at the SABC, Erika moved to renowned production company Endemol South Africa as a production accountant working on the multi-award winning soap opera Isidingo. Her innate instinct for what qualifies as good quality programming soon saw her move into production, where she produced and executive produced a number of successful titles for the company before being appointed as Head of Entertainment and Infotainment. Always looking to break new ground and focussed on challenging assignments, she helped to expand Endemol’s network across Africa, establishing enterprises in Namibia (2004), Nigeria (2005) and Kenya (2006). During this time she produced the talent search Project Fame in East Africa. In Nigeria, she produced M-Net’s first Nigerian drama series Doctors’ Quarters, the game show Deal or No Deal Nigeria, Big Brother Nigeria and Amstel Malta Box Office. In Namibia, she served as Head of Production overseeing multiple shows including the talk-show What Women Want, the choir competition Voices and the talent search Battle of the Bands for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
Having aptly demonstrated her capacity and resourcefulness, Erika was then head-hunted into the position of General and Programme Manager for M-Net Nigeria (2007 - 2010) and mandated to deliver of the company’s ambitious vision for this most influential of markets. Based in Lagos for three years, she was responsible for coalescing M-Net’s aspirations for local content creation into a solid asset when she helped to establish Nigeria’s first multi-camera soap opera Tinsel - today recognised as the longest running soap in West Africa.
In addition, having recognized early on that there was a pressing need for original format creation, she helmed the creation of the bespoke reality format Naija Sings. At the same time, Erika was instrumental in the setting up of M-Net’s first studio facility in the country, which become a vital corner stone of the company’s expansion into creating relevant, home-grown content for local audiences.
Upon her return to South Africa, with a well-deserved reputation for being ballsy and calm under pressure, she was appointed Head of Production for the M-Net Africa and Africa Magic channels, at a time when the Africa Magic brand was just beginning what would become a remarkable rise to pan-African prominence. Over the next 7 years, Erika quietly but very effectively carved out both a formidable repertoire of hits for the company and a vast network of partnerships. During her time with M-Net’s African division, her executive production portfolio grew to include 53 Extra, Jara, Comedy Club: Live in Lagos, Kampala and Mombasa, the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards I, II and III and the AfricaMagic Original Films project. This growth happened alongside her broadcasting portfolio of shows like StarGist, Naija Sings, Guinness 250 Music Concert, Face of Africa Live in Lagos, Kona, Jacob’s Cross (seasons 4 -7), Changes, The Money Drop Nigeria, The Johnsons I and II, Mashariki Mix, and the hit telenovela series Hotel Majestic.
In addition, Erika’s extensive resume includes her many roles on the reality super-series Big Brother, to which she has made an immense contribution over many years, including serving as Consulting Producer on Big Brother Angola (season 1 and 2).
Erika joined The Televisionaries as Managing Director in 2015, and is currently involved with creating customised 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.
Keenly interested in mobile and online broadcast, she is also building on her stellar track record by creating more ‘must watch’ content against the backdrop of Africa’s fast evolving digital television landscape. 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.