CJZ named production company of the year while Gruen is best light entertainment

CJZ was named production company of the year at Thursday night’s Screen Producers Australia Awards, while its show about the world of advertising, Gruen, was named light entertainment series of the year.

Along with Gruen, CJZ’s stable of shows includes the likes of Bondi Rescue, Go Back To Where You Came from, The Ex-PM and the forthcoming biopic House Of Bond.

The award was accepted by CJZ bosses Michael Cordell and Nick Murray at the ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Cordell, left and Murray, speaking at Screen Forever

Cordell, left and Murray, speaking at Screen Forever this week

Cordell told the room: “We’re very passionate about what we do and we work with some amazing people.”

Murray added: “We’ve worked with all the networks this year and it’s been a really amazing ride.”

Meanwhile, two shows featuring ethnic minority crews and casts won major awards.

The ABC’s drama Cleverman, a modern day reworking of Aboriginal dreamtime stories, produced by Goalpost Pictures, was named drama series of the year.

And SBS’s The Family Law, from Matchbox Pictures, based on the story of Benjamin Law’s Chinese-Australian family, was named comedy series of the year.

Foxtel’s The Kettering Incident, from Porchlight Films with Sweet Potato Films, won mini series of the year.

The Dressmaker was feature film of the year, while sound designer Roger Savage was recognised with the lifetime achievement award.

More follows later.


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