Gruen producer appointed ABC Head of Entertainment
Gruen co-creator / producer Jon Casimir has been appointed ABC TV’s new Head of Entertainment.
He replaces Jennifer Collins who departed in November.
Casimir is currently an executive producer with Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, working on the second season of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.
Casimir began his career as a journalist with music magazine RAM, moving to Encore and then spent 17 years at the Sydney Morning Herald as senior writer, critic and editor.
It was Andrew Denton who lured him to produce on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. At Zapruder’s Other Films his credits have included: producer and writer on feature documentary God on My Side; producer on Elders; 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 Network TEN.
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.”
Casimir added, “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.”
Sophia Zachariou, who has been acting Head of Entertainment, has been appointed Deputy Head of Entertainment, overseeing the Entertainment and Non-Narrative Comedy slate. She has executive produced such titles as Agony Aunts/Uncles, Kitchen Cabinet, The Checkout, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, The Hamster Decides, Hungry Beast and Gruen Planet.
Casimir begins formally with ABC on April 8.