People

Nick Murray

Nick is the MD and co-owner of CJZ. He has a unique and very broad background in TV – as a producer and network executive at both cable and free-to air networks. His credits span comedy, light entertainment, drama and factual production as Producer and Executive Producer. Nick is known as Mr Fix-It in the office as he is quite handy with the tools. Mr Murray also looks after the office fish tank.

Michael Cordell

Michael is CJZ’s Creative Director and co-owner. He is one of Australia’s most established producers and filmmakers. His credits vary as director, producer and executive producer across factual and drama productions. Michael has a great history of surfing and injuries and has had two of his sculptures exhibited at Sculptures by the Sea.

Matt Campbell

Matt is CJZ’s CEO. Matt spent 20 years in France, first as a ski instructor and then as a distributor for television programs between France and Australia. Upon returning to Australia, Matt worked at SBS as Network Programmer and then Director of Television. Prior to joining CJZ, Matt was MD at Shine Australia. As a direct result of his years living on snow skis, he hates stairs.

Toni Malone

Toni is CJZ’s Director of Production. 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 is easily bribed with a bottle of the finest red and cheese.

Simon Fraser

A money man for the TV industry since the mid ’90s, Simon joined CJZ after serving time at a foreign-owned media house. 
Simon 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.

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. She has worked across all aspects of film and television for multiple production companies. Aside from running business affairs at CJZ, Katie is studying her third degree- a bachelor of law. She has a miniature schnauzer called Shimokitazawa – named after her favourite place in Japan. It’s a bit hard to yell across the park though…

Paul Bennett

Paul has been Head of Drama at CJZ since 2008. In his career Paul has worn many hats – a Drama Executive at Network Ten, a Development Executive at SNSW – and now as a writer/producer helming The Great Mint Swindle and House of Hancock for CJZ. Paul receives more post than the accounts department and is probably one of Amazon’s best customers. He is also quite tall which means he wears longer trousers.

Damian Davis

Damian is the CJZ Head of Entertainment and Comedy. Trained as a producer and director at the ABC, he has made programs for every network and created several long running series. A published author with an MA in journalism, he has written extensively for TV, radio and print. He has a natural and mostly rational aversion to puns.

Andrew Farrell

Andrew Farrell is head of factual at CJZ. With 30 years experience in the media, In the past decade he worked at Beyond Productions with much of his output airing on US cable network Discovery Channel. Writing and producing series such as Mythbusters, Deadly Women, Behind Mansion Walls, and Still Alive (Oct 2016). In Australia his shows have aired on all commercial networks and the ABC. They include Recovery (ABC), Beyond 2000, Big Brother, My Restaurant Rules, The Mole, The AFI Awards, The Great Outdoors and Where Are They Now. Andrew had to run around the block in his underpants when Trump won the White House

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, and in development and production at cable operator XYZ Entertainment. At CJZ, when he is not series producing, Rick is heavily involved in development. Rick regularly hosts Monday night dinners at his house for his friends, so a good recipe book can always be found on his desk.

Polly Connolly

Polly has been working in radio and television researching, casting and producing since 1987. Since joining Zapruder’s Other Films and through the transition to CJZ, Polly has continued her longtime love of interview- and entertainment-style programs where real conversation and smart laughs are paramount by producing the Gruen franchise, the Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery series and Reality Check with Tom Ballard.

Claire Tonkin

Claire Tonkin recently joined CJZ after a decade as Drama Executive for Network Ten where she was across the development and production of the network’s drama slate. An Australian Writers’ Guild Award winner, Claire also received the 2009 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award from the International Emmy Foundation. When Claire was a teenager she and a friend accidentally created a medical research fundraiser called the International Rest-a-thon. It was an unlikely success and led to Claire introducing her mum to the Queen.  

Bronwyn Speziale

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 was trying to work out how all this can be done remotely from a villa in Bali. Since joining Cordell Jigsaw, Bronwyn has over 100 productions under her belt and is looking forward to the next 100. Now back to the holidays…

Selina Forbes

As CJZ’s Production Supervisor Selina brings a diverse background to her role having worked across a variety of genres. She started her television career in reality working on Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.  Multiple positions in factual, development and current affairs programs then followed. Selina loves an excel spreadsheet and is about to have a baby!

Vinessa Trikeriotis

Vinessa is CJZ’s Post Production Manager. Prior to joining CJZ, Vinessa was at Beyond Productions and other Independent Production companies. She has also worked on feature films in the camera and post production departments and is about to finish her second degree, studying a bachelor of visual arts majoring in sculpture. In her spare time she is teaching herself croquet.

Ursula Mellor

Ursula is the longest-serving member of the CJZ team. She started with Zapruder’s Other Films as Andrew Denton’s EA and now runs the Sydney office. She is the most patient, persuasive and perceptive team member and has a passion for restoring art deco furniture.

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Sonya Pemberton

Emmy award winner, four time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, two time winner of Health Journalist of Year, Sonya’s passion is quality science programming.

Harry Panagiotidis

Harry has more than 40 Australian and US feature film credits as camera operator, Steadicam operator, and second unit DOP. He also works as Director of Photography on documentaries and factual programs. Married to director Sonya Pemberton, the husband and wife creative team thrive on tackling stories of science together.

Jo Wright

Before joining the Genepool team, Jo was the Development Producer for the Melbourne based documentary company 360 Degree Films. Whilst at Genepool Jo has been AP on Tales of the Unexpected and Field/Line Producer on Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail. In her spare time, Jo is a volunteer at the Science Congress.

Daniella Ortega

Daniella is an award-winning Director and Producer of documentary and factual television with a passion for science storytelling. Daniella has experience as an independent producer, a consultant Director, as well as high level factual and documentary development consultant, for independent production companies generating proposals for local and international singles and series. She was also a teenage ballroom dancing champion.

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Richard Driver

Richard Driver is the Managing Director of Greenstone TV. Richard has over 25 years experience across a diverse range of roles in the industry. Starting on-air at TVNZ as the host of its flagship music show ‘Radio With Pictures’.

Glenda Paterson

Glenda Paterson, Greenstone’s Financial Controller since the company began, is a Chartered Accountant who has specialised in film and TV for 20 years. She has worked in film and television, and has been active in WIFT (Women in Film and Television).

Rachel Antony

Rachel drives the Greenstone’s slate in factual, entertainment, factual entertainment and documentary programming, both in New Zealand and overseas.