Michael Cordell and Nick Murray.
CJZ took out the award for Media Super Production Business of the Year last night at the 16th annual SPA Awards, capping off the the 2016 Screen Forever Conference.
Formed in 2012 with the merger of Cordell Jigsaw and Zapruder’s Other Films, CJZ is responsible for the Gruen franchise (ABC), Bondi Rescue (Ten), and Go Back to Where You Came From (SBS).
“The Screen Producers Australia Awards were born from a desire to recognise and honour Australian screen businesses who create and support high quality and outstanding screen content," said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner.
"CJZ have established themselves as one of Australia’s most successful production companies, consistently producing original and entertaining stories for television audiences both locally and internationally.”
This year's ceremony included the Ones To Watch Screen Internship award, which went to Yingna Lu.
The full list:
Media Super Production Business of the Year: CJZ
Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Savage
Drama Series of the Year: Cleverman, Goalpost Pictures
Comedy Series of the Year: The Family Law, Matchbox Pictures
Series Documentary of the Year: Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, Essential Media and Entertainment
Single Documentary of the Year: Strictly Jewish, Mint Pictures
Children’s Series of the Year: Tomorrow When The War Began, Ambience Entertainment
Light Entertainment Television Production of the Year: Gruen, CJZ
Reality Series of the Year: The Great Australian Bake Off, FremantleMedia Australia AND I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, ITV Studios Australia
Telemovie or Mini Series Production of the Year: The Kettering Incident, Porchlight Films in association with Sweet Potato Films
Feature Film of the Year: The Dressmaker, Film Art Media
Cutting Edge Short Film of the Year: Ronny Chieng: International Student, Sticky Pictures
Interactive or Game Production of the Year: Little Lunch App, Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Breakthrough Business of the Year: Epic Films
Services and Facilities Business of the Year: Fulcrum Media Finance
Ones To Watch Screen Internship: Yingna Lu