CJZ welcome the appointment of Andrew Farrell to the newly created position of Head Of Factual.

“Our factual programs have helped shape the reputation of the company so it was time to dedicate a senior role within CJZ for this genre. Andrew comes with a bucket load of experience and passion for factual programming and is a perfect fit for CJZ. He has an impressive list of credits both in Australia and particularly the USA over the past 8 years.” Matt Campbell, CEO.

An experienced Executive Producer, Writer, Field Producer and Show Runner. Starting his career as a regional TV news reporter, then producer for Beyond 2000 he then went on to reality TV with programs like the original Big Brother, My Restaurant Rules and live events such as the AFI’s. He has spent the past 8 years at Beyond Productions, recently in the position of Executive Producer. Some of his success at Beyond and Discovery Channels include, Still Alive, Shark Island, Behind Mansion Walls, Deadly Women, Dark Minds and Mythbusters.

“CJZ is a vibrant, creative company that has an enviable reputation for nailing a magic TV mix. They produce compelling series that are entertaining and successful – but also have something to say. I’m looking forward to joining their strong team and helping to deliver more of that magic.” Andrew Farrell

“I’m confident Andrew will enhance our already strong slate. He’ll hit the ground running from January 2016 with some soon to be announced freshly commissioned shows.” – Matt Campbell, CEO CJZ.

Media enquiries, contact Georgina Harrop, georgieh@cjz.com.au, Mob: +61 419 508 531


Uranium – Twisting The Dragon’s Tail produced by Emmy Award-winning Genepool Productions, won three prizes at the 2015 ATOM Awards, presented last night in Melbourne. The documentary which aired on SBS August 2015, was lauded as:

Best Documentary
TV Factual

Best Documentary
TV History

Best Documentary
TV science,technology and environment

Held annually for more than 30 years, the ATOM Awards recognize film and media excellence in the education and screen industry sectors. This year there were more than 500 entries from Australian and New Zealand media producers for 28 categories.

The series was filmed in 2014-2015 across England, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, the United States, Japan and Australia.

Genepool Productions, Australia’s only science focused television production company, partnered with CJZ in 2011


Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery has been nominated for ‘Best Direction In A Television Light Entertainment or Reality Series’ & ‘Best Light Entertainment Television Series’.

House Of Hancock has received nominations for ‘Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama’ and ‘Best Costume Design in Television’ and our colleagues at Genepool have received nominations for Uranium – Twisiting The Dragon’s Tail ‘Best Direction in a Documentary’ and ‘Best Orginial Music Score’.

The 5th AACTA Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 9 December 2015, and broadcast on Channel 7.


GRUEN
WEDNESDAY 8.30pm
ABC TV

The return of Gruen last night made it the top entertainment program this year for ABC TV. Preliminary overnight data had it at 1.318 nationally making it the #1 show after 7pm and the third most-watched show of the night after Seven and Nine News.


Produced by the Tangled Bank Studios (part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US) together with Genepool Productions, this documentary is the American update of our earlier documentary, ‘Jabbed-love, fear and vaccines’. The new film illuminates the latest science of immunisation, tracking recent outbreaks and shedding light on the risks of opting out – it also covers new scientific insights into autism.

This program received outstanding critical reviews and reached a wide audience when it first broadcast on PBS NOVA in late 2014. (It also achieved over 53 million media impressions and 4.2 million tweets!)

Vaccines – Calling the Shots “lays out the clear, unambiguous case for why it is so important for everyone to be vaccinated…For anyone who may be on the fence but willing to be convinced, this special is well worth their time. It lays out in understandable ways how and why vaccines work, and why we cannot afford to do without them.”

-Russell Saunders, THE DAILY BEAST

“Perhaps the program will get through to people who still doubt vaccines. Published science hasn’t fully done the trick, and pediatricians are left to tussle with resistant parents. A better approach might be to focus on the next generation: Show this first-rate documentary to middle school kids. “

-Nathan Seppa, SCIENCE NEWS

“If you care about science, it’s something you should watch.”

-Chris Mooney, MOTHER JONES

Vaccines – Calling the Shots “cuts through the misinformation and acrimony surrounding the vaccine debate.”

-Gemma Tarlach, DISCOVER MAGAZINE

“Calling the Shots does a first-rate job of acknowledging those risks and then putting them in perspective, respectfully, for people who are too young to remember diseases like measles or whooping cough, or who may still have lingering doubts about what’s proven to be a nonexistent link between autism and certain vaccinations.”

-Ellen Gray, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS

“With whiz-bang animation and graphics, the show covers the discovery of vaccines, the concept of herd immunity, and extreme cases of vaccine-caused injuries. With vaccines at the center of various educational debates, the NOVA episode will be of interest to many in the field.”

-Mark Walsh, EDUCATION WEEK

Vaccines – Calling the Shots “targets parents in the no man’s land of misinformation about vaccines as well as those with questions and concerns about them.”

-Kristine Crane, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

“One by one, Shots strikes down the anti-vaccine bogeymen — for example, how vaccines may cause autism (zero evidence for that claim, according to dozens of studies) or seizures (Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy in infancy, can be triggered by vaccines — but there are other triggers, too, including fever).”

-Verne Gay, NEW YORK NEWSDAY

“PBS’ newest documentary may be able to disseminate the truth once and for all…”NOVA: Vaccines-Calling The Shots” will address the biggest misconceptions about vaccines with the goal of opening healthy dialogue with parents who deserve to ask questions and have doctors who are ready to deliver answers.“

-Samantha Olson, MEDICAL DAILY

“one hour of reasonable, informative television that should not be missed.”

-Yvonne Condes, MOMSLA.COM

“While the concerns of ordinary parents are given voice, and the rare adverse reaction acknowledged, there is a refreshing lack of false equivalence here: That there are no anti-vaccine “experts” invited to speak some will decry as unfair (“There’s no such thing as an unbiased source,” says one mother). But this is a science show, and discredited theories are no theories at all.”

-Robert Lloyd, LOS ANGELES TIMES


The ground breaking, multi-award winning Australian series ‘Go Back To Where You Came From’, where participants follow the reverse journey of refugees, has been commissioned for a second series in Holland. Dutch indie, Tuvalu Media will once again produce the format (6x 30mins) to air on channel NPO3 early 2016.

“We are very excited to produce a second series of ‘Go back to where you came from’ in the Netherlands for public broadcaster EO. The first series had a huge impact and the refugee issue has only become more topical. Our second series will be with a younger cast and we hope to raise the same attention for this issue as we did with the first series. There is still a lot of ignorance and it’s a story that needs to be told.” TACO ZIMMERMAN, MD,Tuvalu Media.

The third Australian series produced by CJZ, which aired on local broadcaster SBS in July this year, once again sparked a furious national conversation about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The program received further international coverage when it was revealed participants were shot at by ISIS insurgents during filming. The three part series was the most watched program on sbs.com.au and SBS On Demand during this period and the official hashtag #GoBackSBS trended number 1 nationally on Twitter during episodes 1 and 3.

“We’re thrilled Tuvalu is producing a second series of ‘Go Back To Where You Came From’. The plight of refugees is becoming even more acute around the globe. This series is a wonderful way of helping people engage with these complex issues in an intelligent and compelling way”. MICHAEL CORDELL, CJZ co-Founder and EP of “Go Back To Where You Came From”

The previous Australian seasons have won multiple awards including two Logies for Most Outstanding Factual Program, The Rose d’Or and an International Emmy for non-scripted Entertainment.

Media enquiries, contact Georgina Harrop, georgieh@cjz.com.au, Mob: +61 419 508 531


New season also visits Baghdad, Myanmar and explores ‘statelessness’
Special three-night television event premieres
8.30pm Tuesday 28 July on SBS

Following the recent announcement of the return of Go Back To Where You Came From after three years, SBS reveals that participants in the new season visit Syria to witness what the UN calls the worst refugee crisis in 25 years – and come under fire by nearby ISIS insurgents.

Participants Kim (an anti-refugee campaigner), Andrew (an outspoken school teacher) and Nicole (a Nauru and Manus Island whistleblower) are escorted under security to the Syrian frontlines by Kurdish soldiers as they defend a village under threat by ISIS. Footage from the confronting event can be seen here: http://youtu.be/nMT6brB3pSI

Kim, Andrew and Nicole also visit Baghdad, Iraq in the new season – another country experiencing one of the world’s worst refugee crises.

Meanwhile, their fellow participants Davy (a former Vietnamese refugee who is anti-boats) and sisters Renee and Jodi (who have opposing views on refugee issues) follow the treacherous refugee journey of the ‘stateless’ Rohingya people. Rohingya are denied citizenship in their homeland of Myanmar and are considered by the UN as among the world’s most persecuted people – a plight that has only recently come to international attention.

The unique social experiment also gives the six ordinary Australians the opportunity to experience the Federal Government’s ‘Stop the Boats’ policy firsthand when they are transferred from a people smuggler’s boat to an orange lifeboat and turned back to Indonesia.

They meet with the residents of the world’s newest cities – refugee camps with populations in the thousands.

Tensions mount and relationships between the participants are tested as this intense journey pushes each of them, and their strongly held beliefs, to the limit.

EPISODE SYNOPSES

Episode 1 – Tuesday 28 July at 8.30PM on SBS

Tempers flare early when the six Australians move in with refugees who were once ‘boat people’. Denied access, two of the participants get a bird’s-eye view of Wickham Point Detention Centre near Darwin before a fiery debate ensues outside its perimeter fence. Retracing their refugee hosts’ journeys, the participants travel to Indonesia where they board a fishing boat typically used by people smugglers and head for an unknown destination.

Episode 2 – Wednesday 29 July at 8.30PM on SBS

The six Australians get a first-hand experience of Australia’s ‘turn back the boats’ policy as they are transferred from a people smuggler’s boat to an orange lifeboat and turned back to Indonesia. Then they live with asylum seekers who have been turned back by the Australian navy. One group treks through the Thai jungle to discover how asylum seekers are trafficked and sold in to slavery. The other group visits the world’s newest city – a refugee camp built out of the Jordanian desert and home to more than 80,000.

Episode 3 – Thursday 30 July at 8.30PM on SBS

Following a reverse refugee journey, one group visits an unofficial camp housing many of the 140,000 ethnic minorities who fled their homes two years earlier. The series builds to a dramatic conclusion as the other group visits two of the most dangerous places on Earth and is fired at by ISIS insurgents. At the end of the journey the two groups are reunited in Cambodia to assess the impact of their experience.

ABOUT GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM SEASON 3

Much has changed in the three years since Go Back To Where You Came From season two got the nation talking back in 2012. But with the introduction of the Federal Government’s ‘Stop the Boats’ policies, controversy surrounding detainee treatment in detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and a growing public awareness of ‘stateless’ asylum seekers, the issues are as important and divisive as ever.

The ground-breaking and multi award-winning SBS documentary series will again take six ordinary Australians on a reverse journey to retrace the steps of those seeking asylum.

Australia’s renowned academic on refugees, Dr David Corlett, will again oversee the unique social experiment, taking the six participants on a dangerous journey to experience life as a refugee firsthand. Eyes will be opened. Preconceptions will be challenged. Opinions will be changed.

The boats may have stopped, but the debate has not.

Go Back to Where You Came From was produced by CJZ for SBS. The previous seasons have won multiple awards, including two Logie awards for Most Outstanding Factual Program, a Golden Rose (Rose d’Or) award and an International Emmy Award for non-scripted Entertainment.

GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOM – SBS OUTREACH PROGRAM
Teachers and students can join the journey online via the SBS Go Back Learn site featuring short clips, interactive multimedia, quizzes, related content and a Teacher Pack full of curriculum aligned activities for years 9-12.

The Classroom Resources have been tailored for use in English, Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts. The Go Back Learn Resource invites you to journey with three of the participants (Nicole, Jodi and Davy) via short clips from the series in order to unpack themes ranging from human rights and statelessness to Australia’s migration history. Each clip is supported by a selection of curriculum-aligned classroom activities. Extension activities and non-curriculum learning for school camps are also included.

For Series 3, SBS Content Outreach has partnered with Australian Red Cross. The partnership has allowed a creative collaboration to produce Classroom Resources through the sharing of expertise, networks and resources. Classroom posters were delivered to every Australian secondary school in the lead up to broadcast. The online journey clips can be accessed immediately after broadcast of episode 3.

Additionally Australian Red Cross is hosting two major pre-screening/panel events in Sydney and Melbourne giving the opportunity for their members to meet some of the series participants.

To view the journey clips and download the Free Classroom Resources visit: www.sbs.com.au/goback/learn

Go Back to Where You Came From is a special television event screening across three consecutive nights on Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 July, at 8.30pm on SBS.

The series will be followed by a special forum episode of The Feed at 9.30pm, Thursday 30 July on SBS 2, hosted by Marc Fennell.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook: #GoBackSBS

Written by Nick Craven


The Ex-PM, a six-part half hour comedy series created, written by and starring one of Australia’s favourite comedians, Shaun Micallef, commences filming in Melbourne today.

As our third longest-serving Prime Minister, Andrew Dugdale (Shaun Micallef) was a man who mattered. He dined with Presidents and Kings, hosted world summits and changed the lives of millions of his fellow Australians. But now he’s retired, this not-so-elder statesman has far too much time on his hands and no-one to waste it on.

A fabulous ensemble cast joins Micallef including Nikki Wendt, Kate Jenkinson, Lucy Honigman, Nicholas Bell, Francis Greenslade, Jackson Tozer, Ming-Zhu Hii and comedy veteran, John Clarke. Sian Davies (Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder) will direct. Nick Murray (House of Hancock, Stupid Stupid Man) produces for CJZ.

Nick Murray says, “I can’t wait to start shooting The Ex-PM. It’s a rare pleasure with such a great cast and Shaun’s scripts are wonderful”.

Shaun Micallef says “I am very much looking forward to stepping in front of the cameras for my new series The Ex-PM. Hopefully they will be switched on.”

After blowing the advance for his memoirs but writing nothing in return, Dugdale has to accept a ghostwriter, Ellen (Lucy Honigman), into his dysfunctional household (one that includes a wife in name only, a grown-up daughter with father issues – plus her son, a bodyguard who watches too much Person Of Interest on his iPhone, a PA who knows where all the bodies are buried, a chauffeur with a metal plate in his head and a heart of gold – and a cook on a 451 Visa).

So begins a comic tango between truth and spin as Ellen and Dugdale take to the dance floor. A tale of redemption somewhere between House of Cards and One Foot in the Grave.

Said ABC Head of Comedy Rick Kalowski “Not too sure who this Micallef kid is, but we’ll give anyone a go at the ABC”.

The Ex-PM is a CJZ Production in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria. It will air on ABC later this year.


A new series of GBTWYCF returns to SBS. Don’t miss the special three-night event premiering on Tuesday 28 July at 8:30pm.

Click the Media Release to have a sneak peak at the trailer.


House of Hancock, the two part mini-series, held it’s viewers over 2 epic nights to become the highest rating drama of the year.

Staring Mandy McElhinney as Gina Rinehart, Sam Neill as Lang Hancock and Peta Sergeant as Rose Lacson. It tells the epic story of the Hancock dynasty and the bizarre love triangle that emerged between Lang (Neill), his daughter Gina (McElhinney) and his beautiful Filipina housekeeper Rose (Sergeant).

What the critics said:

As a docu-drama about one of Australia’s most fascinating and still influential families, it is tantalisingly transfixing and utterly unmissable. News.com.au

McElhinney is superb as Gina. Her interactions with Rose – for whom she holds unvarnished contempt – are something to behold. The Age

Sergeant’s Rose is instantly mesmerizing. Daily Telegraph

House of Hancock, the controversial and epic story of the Hancock dynasty – produced by Paul Bennett, Michael Cordell & Claudia Karvan – Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, broadcast on the Nine Network.