Final Gruen creator departs CJZ as Jon Casimir named head of entertainment for ABC

Jon Casimir


The ABC has today unveiled CJZ producer and writer  Jon Casimir as its new head of entertainment with current acting head of entertainment Sophia Zachariou appointed as his deputy.

Casimir is a well-known figure in the industry and was the last remaining founder of the ABC’s Gruen franchise left at CJZ following the departures of Andrew Denton who left last June and Anita Jacoby who departed following the merger of Cordell Jigsaw and Zapruder’s Other Films in 2012.

He will take up his position at ABC TV in Sydney on April 8.

Richard Finlayson, ABC TV’s director of television, said: “We’re delighted that ABC TV can attract someone of Jon’s calibre to this position. He brings with him a wealth of entertainment creation and production experience, having already been responsible for some of the ABC TV’s most successful entertainment programs.”

During a varied career Casimir has been a journalist with music magazine RAM  and Encore and then the Sydney Morning Herald, where he helped launch the website before being lured into production by Denton to help cereate Enough Rope. He has also written four books, edited six others, and made guest presenter appearances on ABC702.

His TV credits include script editor and chief of staff on Hungry Beast; co-creator and head writer/series producer on Randling, co-creator/pilot writer on The Joy of Sets for Nine; and executive producer on Can Of Worms for Ten.

In a statement he said: “Having spent the last decade in a de facto relationship with the ABC, I am glad we’ve finally made it to the altar. I’m joining a network that I love, a network with a commitment to quality, creativity and risk-taking, three ideas under siege in media these days.

“It’s probably trowelling it on to say this, but it’s a genuine honour to be asked to work for one of Australia’s greatest institutions.”

He is currently an executive producer on the second season of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery for the ABC.


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