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 with a wide range of credits as director, writer, producer and executive producer across factual and drama productions. Michael is passionate about storytelling and had an early career in journalism.

Matt Campbell

Matt is CJZ’s Group CEO. He spent 20 years in France, first as a ski instructor and then as a distributor for television programs between France and Australia and a presenter on the France 2 morning show ‘Telematin’. Matt returned to Australia initially to take up the position of Network Programmer and subsequently Director of Television and Online Content at pubcaster SBS. Prior to joining the CJZ Group, Matt was MD at Shine Australia. As a direct result of years living on snow skis, Matt avoids stairs at all cost.

Toni Malone

Toni is CJZ’s Director of Production. Having worked in Australian television for over twenty 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 wine and cheese.

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 all series of Enough Rope, the Gruen franchise, the Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery series and Reality Check with Tom Ballard.

Claire Tonkin

Claire Tonkin is CJZ’s Head of Drama. Before joining CJZ she spent a decade as Drama Executive at 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 which was an unlikely success and led to Claire introducing her mum to the Queen.

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.

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.

Leah Appleby

Leah is CJZ’s Development Manager – her role involves herding a lot of cool cats. She has been with CJZ for since 2013 starting on reception, then moving into production and now as well as development Leah run’s CJZ’s social media platforms. She has been heard saying that she wants Matt Campbell’s job when he is ready to hand over the reins.
Leah is also a Marriage Celebrant so she spends many weekends at weddings.  If she’s not at work or at a wedding, you will be able to find Leah skiing somewhere…anywhere that has snow.

 Rachel Antony

Rachel Antony is currently CEO of Greenstone TV. Rachel rejoined the Greenstone team as Development Executive in 2014. She went on to drive the Greenstone slate in factual, entertainment, and documentary programming, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Richard Driver

Richard Driver is the Chairman of Greenstone TV. Richard has over twenty-five 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’.