CJZ produces more original prime-time series than any other production company in Australia. The group was formed with the 2012 merger of Cordell Jigsaw and Zapruder’s Other Films, two leading Australian indies.
In December 2013, CJZ also acquired major NZ production company Greenstone TV creating an independent international production group. The combined catalogue of both companies (over 1000 hours) now provides the group with a high quality slate and depth in the international market.
Signature programs include hit entertainment show The Gruen franchise (ABC) winner of the 2013 Rose d’Or for Entertainment, Bondi Rescue (Ten), and the ground-breaking format Go Back to Where You Came From (SBS) that won an International Emmy Award in 2013 and the 2012 Rose d’Or as the best television program in any genre and is now the most awarded factual program ever to come out of Australia.
CJZ’s drama slate includes House of Hancock, a biopic on the world’s richest woman (Nine Network), seven Blackjack telemovies (Ten/BBC), and The Great Mint Swindle (Nine Network). The company has recently increased investment in new drama and comedy projects and 2015 sees the company returning to the scripted comedy space with The Ex-PM for ABC.
CJZ’s principles are Nick Murray and Michael Cordell who between them have decades of television and media experience. Director of Production is Toni Malone. CEO is Matt Campbell, former Director of Content at SBS and former MD of Shine Australia.
CJZ produces Entertainment, Factual, Drama and Comedy programming across all commercial networks, public broadcasters, free-to-air and cable. CJZ has fostered a collaborative and creative culture where some of the industry’s leading producers, writers and performers thrive and flourish.
CJZ has also formed a series of dynamic joint ventures including Genepool with internationally recognised science producer Sonya Pemberton and Jigsaw Dwarf with The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf to produce The Checkout – an innovative consumer affairs series for ABC.
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