CJZ acquires New Zealand producer Greenstone TV

Australian indie Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder has acquired Auckland-based factual producer Greenstone TV.
November 15, 2013

Independent Australian prodco Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) has acquired New Zealand factual production company Greenstone TV.

Founded in 1994 by producer John Harris, the Auckland-based Greenstone has produced more than 100 documentaries, dramas and factual entertainment series and currently has 14 titles in production.  Its credits include The Zoo, Highway Patrol, Coastwatch and Motorway Patrol.

Harris will continue with Greenstone in an advisory capacity. General manager Bryan Hall, head of production Andrea Lamb and financial controller Glenda Paterson will remain in their roles.

“This is an important step for both companies,” said CJZ managing director Nick Murray in a statement. “We have a huge amount of respect for John Harris and his team and the quality of Greenstone’s programs. Their creative output dovetails perfectly with the successful and original content we provide networks here in Australia and internationally. This deal gives us the platform to build the CJZ group for the future.”

“It felt like the right time to make this move,” Harris added.  “I have a high regard for the CJZ team and the new relationship will allow Greenstone to continue to grow in its own right.  We share similar values, high standards and a deep respect for our production staff. It’s a perfect fit.”

Earlier this month, CJZ hired former Shine managing director Matt Campbell as CEO.

CJZ’s catalogue includes international titles Bondi Rescue, the Gruen franchise and Go Back to Where You Came From.

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