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.
CJZ produces Drama, Factual, Entertainment 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.
Signature programs include hit entertainment show The Gruen franchise (ABC) winner of the 2016 “Most Outstanding” Logie and 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 Bond, the rags to riches to rags tale of the fallen entrepreneur and Americas Cup winner Alan Bond, House of Hancock, a biopic on the world’s richest woman (Nine Network), a quiver of seven Blackjack telemovies (Ten/BBC), and The Great Mint Swindle (Nine Network).
The company has recently increased investment in new drama and comedy projects including in the scripted comedy space with You’re Skitting Me (ABC3) and Shaun Micallef’s The Ex-PM for ABC.
CJZ’s principals are Michael Cordell and Nick Murray 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.
Over the last few years, CJZ has also formed a series of dynamic joint ventures including Jigsaw Dwarf with The Chaser’s Giant Dwarf to produce The Checkout – an innovative consumer affairs series for ABC. CJZ proudly owns leading NZ indie Greenstone, which produces some of the highest rating shows on NZ television including Motorway Patroland Renters. Its recent drama, TheCul de Sac garnered huge acclaim and a third series order.