Team

+ Production / Development Gurus

Paul Bennett

Matt Campbell

Polly Connolly

Michael Cordell

Damian Davis

Toni Malone

Rick McPhee

Nick Murray

+ Business Extraordinaires

Katie Shortland

Peter Thompson

+ Production /Accounting Overlords

Simon Fraser

Bronwyn Speziale

+Publicity

Georgina Harrop

 


 

Production / Development Gurus

Paul Bennett 

Paul began his career in film as a staff writer on the SBS strip drama Going Home. For two years he developed new television dramas for BBHTV including the 13 part children’s series Ocean Star which he wrote for and script edited in 2002.

After working as a script editor on McLeod’s Daughters, Paul was offered a position at Network Ten as deputy to Sue Masters, Head of Drama. In his capacity as Network Drama Executive he worked on The Secret Life Of Us; Neighbours; Blackjack; Small Claims; The Cooks; The Incredible Journey Of Mary Bryant; The Surgeon; The Society Murders; Tripping Over; Bombali and Murder In The Outback – The Joanne Lees Story.

He has been Head of Drama at CJZ since Nov 2008 and delivered the anticipated tele-movie The Great Mint Swindle for Channel Nine’s 2012 schedule. He is currently producing the telemovie House of Hancock which will air on the Nine Network in 2015.
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Matt Campbell

Matt is the CEO, he began his career in TV as an actor at the age of 14 doing extras and bit parts in all the Aussie soaps of the 70’s and early 80’s. At 19 he got bored with acting, finished his international ski instructors diploma and headed for France. One winter season turned into 20 years in the land of wine and cheese and eventually a return to the TV business.

In 1992, based in the South of France he created Wallaroo Prod and Distributions. Almost despite himself he created a successful niche moving programs from France to Australia and Australia back to France. The business led to an acquisitions role for the distribution arm of France Television, a presenter gig on ‘Tele Matin’ the French morning show on France 2, consulting to multiple prod co’s and raising a family.

In 2004 he returned to Australia as Network Programmer for SBS Television, a role he held for two years before being promoted to the Director of Television role, which he held for five years. Matt was responsible for bringing Australians programs such as: Top Gear, Madmen, Who Do You Think You Are?, Man v Wild, Skins, Shameless, Big Love, Mythbusters, Trawlermen, The Long Way Round and Boardwalk Empire to name just a few. He commissioned hits such as critically acclaimed dramas East West 101 and The Circuit. Cult comedy hits Wilfred, Swift and Shift Couriers & Housos. Documentary hits such as Who Do You Think You Are, Immigration Nation, Dying to Leave, The Colony, My Asian Heart, Go Back To Where You Came From!, and entertainment hit show Rockwiz.

Prior to joining CJZ he was MD at Shine Australia overseeing the production of programs such as MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Australia’s Next Top Model, Beauty and the Geek, Location Location to name a few.

As a direct result of his years living on snow ski’s, he hates stairs.
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Polly Connolly

Polly Connolly has worked in telly and radio since 1987. She scored her first production gig on ABC Radio’s RN breakfast show and soon transferred to the TV Entertainment and Comedy Unit. Working as a PA on Clive James’s talk show led to a longtime love of interview and entertainment style programs where real conversation and smart laughs are paramount. 

From 1989, she researched on ABC arts docos and then researched/field produced on the magazine arts show Review before joining the live and legendary variety/talk show, Club Buggery as AP and Casting Guru. Polly relished the next three years casting and seg producing with comedic heavyweights like Ted Emery, Ted Robinson and Jigsaw Entertainment on various ABC co-pro’s including Good News Week and O’Loghlin. 

In 2001, she said goodbye to Aunty and followed Roy and HG to Seven for The Monday Dump. In 2003 she began her long running association with Andrew Denton and Zapruder’s other films as a producer on Enough Rope and the subsequent On the Road documentary specials. At the end of the Rope, she produced on Mr Denton’s Elders series and played a key role in the development of Country Town Rescue. As Senior Producer Polly has produced Series 1, 2 and 3 of Can of Worms and has worked on the entire Gruen franchise. This year has been a particularly busy one – producing on both Gruen Nation, Gruen Planet and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery. She is currently producing Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery Series 2 and Reality Check which is currently airing on ABC.
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Michael Cordell  aka Mr Cordell

Michael Cordell CJZ’s Creative Director and co-owner. He is one of Australia’s most established producers and filmmakers. As a director, his best-known film is the documentary feature Year of the Dogs which had a wide theatrical release, screened on the BBC’s prestigious Storyville and has won numerous awards. It is still among the highest grossing theatrical documentaries in Australia.

Among Michael’s various credits as a producer and/or director are Bondi (ABC), The Track (ABC), Drama School (Seven), A Case for the Coroner (ABC), The National Sex Survey (Ten), Suspicious Minds (Nine) and Political Football (ABC). The Original Mermaid (SBS) won him the Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director in 2003 while his provocative documentary Music and Murder screened at the Melbourne Film Festival in 2004. Michael was Executive and Series Producer on Two Men in a Tinnie (ABC1) with Tim Flannery and John Doyle that won him Independent Producer of the Year (factual) and directed Two in the Top End (ABC1). He has just overseen the delivery of the next instalment, Two on the Great Divide (ABC1).

He has served as Executive Producer on Recruits and Recruits: Paramedics (Ten), Dave in the Life (SBS) Anatomy of a Massacre (ABC) and, currently, Great Southern Land (ABC1), MegaTruckers (Foxtel/A&E), The Great Mint Swindle (Nine Network), Dumb, Drunk and Racist (ABC2), Go Back To Where You Came From Series 2 (SBS) and Bondi Rescue Series 7 (Ten). Bondi Rescue has won four Logies for Most Popular Factual Series in Australia.

Three Boys Dreaming (ABC1) is Michael’s second documentary feature and he was co-Exec Producer on the feature length doco Running to America (ABC1). Since merging with Zapruder Other Films, Michael has overseen the productions of Shitsville and JFK: The Smoking Gun as Executive Producer and co-Exec Produced with Steve Bibb on Wanted. Currently, Michael is producing House of Hancock with Paul Bennett, Claudia Karvan and the Nine Network.
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Damian Davis

Damian is uniquely qualified as both a Television director and producer. He cut his cloth at the ABC and has been a producer, studio and location director for over 15 years. His credits include developing and producing HG & Roy’s early successes including the landmark Club Buggery. He devised and produced the hugely successful The Fat for the ABC and 110% Tony Squires for Seven.

He had a stint in development at the Nine Network, produced hidden camera comedy series Monster House (Nine), and has directed for CJZ, the sketch comedy cult hit The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), extreme ob-doc series Guerrilla Gardeners (Ten), science entertainment series Sleek Geeks, documentary series Two on the Great Divide with Tim Flannery and John Doyle (ABC), teen sketch comedy series 1 and 2 You’re Skitting Me (ABC3) and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery series 1 and 2(ABC1). During the FIFA World Cup 2014, Damian was heavily involved in The Full Brazilian (SBS) as executive producer.

As well as writing extensively for television and radio he has been published in newspapers and magazines. Damian’s skills at producing and directing series and TV formats and his wicked sense of humour make him a great asset to the Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder team as Head of Entertainment.
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Toni Malone 

Having worked in Australian television for over fifteen years, Toni has experience in a variety of television genres ranging from reality, sketch comedy, documentary and variety to one-hour specials and daily strip shows.

Toni’s credits as Supervising Producer include Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS), Sleek Geeks, Two in The Top End, Two on the Great Divide for the ABC, Bondi Rescue, Recruits & Guerrilla Gardeners for Network Ten.

Toni was also Series Producer for Out of the Question with Glenn Robbins (Seven), The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), and for the Nine Network’s Children’s Unit. Other credits include Popstars (Seven), Queensland Escapes (Nine), The Morning Shift (Seven), O’Loghlin On Saturday Night (ABC), and Who Dares Wins (Seven).

Her portfolio as Supervising Producer include the productions of Great Southern Land (ABC1), You’re Skitting Me series 1 and 2 (ABC3), MegaTruckers (Foxtel/A&E), The Great Mint Swindle (Nine Network), Dumb, Drunk and Racist (ABC2) and Go Back To Where You Came From Series 2 (SBS).

Toni is now CJZ’s Director of Production and in 2014 she has overseen The Full Brazilian on SBS, Bondi Rescue Series 9 (Channel 10), Go Back To Where You Came From Series 3 (SBS) and the development of impending productions due to air later in the year.
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Rick McPhee

Rick has extensive experience across a surprising number of genres from factual, through light entertainment, to fully scripted narrative series.

In his early career, Rick worked for some years in the UK on well regarded series such as the BBC youth current affairs program Reportage (producer/reporter), the Big Breakfast (Series Producer), and the Channel 4 reality manhunt series Wanted (Producer).

He has extensive experience in development and production at cable operator XYZ Entertainment and was post production producer of the first 3 series of Bondi Rescue.

Recently he has been Series Producer of Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS), Hardliners (Fox 8), comedy/drama series Stupid, Stupid Man (TV1/ABC1), science series Sleek Geeks (ABC1), and ob-doc series Guerrilla Gardeners (Ten). His latest productions were the highly anticipated second series of Go Back To Where You Came From for SBS and Shitsville Express (ABC). Currently, Rick is heavily involved in development at CJZ and is in the producing the third series of Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS).
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Nick Murray aka Mr Jigsaw

Nick has unique and very broad background in TV – as a producer and network executive at both cable and free-to-air networks.

He is currently Managing Director and co-owner of CJZ, the largest and most diverse locally owned producer in Australia.  In 2012 CJZ won the Rose d’Or for Go Back To Where You Came From. In 2013 CJZ won another Rose d’Or for Gruen Sweat, and scored two more Logies for series 8 of Bondi Rescue and Go Back To Where You Came From as well as an International Emmy for the latter production.

His production credits span comedy, light entertainment, drama and factual production as Producer and Executive Producer:

Bondi Rescue (factual – Ten), You’re Skitting Me (sketch comedy – ABC3), Go Back To Where You Came From (factual ent – SBS), BlackJack (a package of 7 drama movies for Network Ten and BBC Worldwide), Guerrilla Gardeners (factual ent – Ten), The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (sketch comedy – Ten), Welcher and Welcher (sitcom – ABC) and Stupid, Stupid Man (sitcom – TV1), and Two on the Great Divide and Two Men In China with John Doyle and Tim Flannery (doc series – ABC1), Recruits and Recruits: Paramedics (ob doc – Ten), Sleek Geeks (science – ABC), Hardliners (ob doc – Fox8), MegaTruckers (ob doc – A&E), Out of the Question (light entertainment – Seven), The Great Mint Swindle (drama – Nine Network).

His most recent credits include The Checkout (consumer affairs – ABC1) Series 1 and 2, The Full Brazilian Reality Check, the third series of Go Back To Where You Came From (factual ent – SBS) and telemovie House of Hancock which will air on the Nine Network in 2015.

A former radio producer, Nick’s past experience includes:founding CEO of cable TV network the Comedy Channel, General Manager Business Affairs of Network Ten Australia and General Manager (and sometime producer) at Artist Services (now ITV Studios Australia).

Nick is a former President of the Screen Producers Association of Australia and was named the SPAA Independent Producer of the year in 2003, and in 2007 SPAA Drama Producer of the Year.  The company was named Factual Independent Producer of the Year for 2011.

Nick also looks after the fish tank at head office in Sydney.
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Business Extraordinaires

Katie Shortland

Prior to her MA in Drama Producing at AFTRS, Katie was part of the Policy, Research and Communications team at the Australia Council for the Arts. For the last 6 years, she has worked across all aspects of film and television production with such companies as Palm Beach Pictures, Flying Bark Productions, Porchlight Films and Foxtel. Katie was the AFTRS’ inaugural Research Fellow for the Centre for Screen Business and was instrumental in leading 2 key research projects; business process management with QUT and box office prophecy with California University of Technology. Aside from running business affairs at CJZ Katie is studying her third degree- a bachelor of law.
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Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is the lawyer other lawyers turn to when they need to out-lawyer other lawyers. From Midnight Oil to Jimmy Barnes, Lucas Film to Animal Logic, he has represented many of entertainment’s freest – and fiercest – spirits. As Zapruder’s Managing Director, Peter put his wily strategic brain, big laugh, and unquenchable thirst for raw grain alcohol at the service of making fine, original Australian television. Since the merge, Peter has moved on to follow other paths but resides on the board as a member of the CJZ family.
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Account Overlords

Simon Fraser

A money man for the TV industry since the mid 90′s, Simon joined CJZ in the March of 2013 after serving time at a foreign owned media house.
He is a man of numbers but struggles with words. He has added a dash of colour to the TV scene and is working on that other film…
He hopes to one day see his name in the credits and knows his time is just around the corner.
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Bronwyn Speziale

“Work is only work when you hate what you are doing”.
When Bronwyn is not on holidays, she has her head buried in the budgets, cash flows and the financial jungle of CJZ Productions. She loves her work and is happiest when there are multiple productions running at the same time! Last time we checked she is trying to work out how all this can be done remotely from a villa in Bali.
Bronwyn joined Cordell Jigsaw in 2005 for a six month period and she’s still hanging around and no matter how hard we try, we can’t get rid of her.
Starting out as a freelance accountant in 1988 Bronwyn has seen the advent and jumped the hurdles of FBT, GST and quarterly reporting which all seemed quite major changes until the Producer Offset landed on the Industry in 2007.
With over 100 productions under her belt, she is looking forward to the next 100!
Now back to the holidays ………..
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