Production house CJZ has teamed up with New Zealand drama producer John Barnett to develop new Australian projects.
Barnett retired from South Pacific Pictures last year, which he founded, and produced titles including Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls. The Brokenwood Mysteries and Academy Award nominated film, Whale Rider.
“John is without question one of the most experienced producers in the business in Australia and New Zealand”, says Nick Murray, MD at CJZ. “He’s a brilliant storyteller and to top that off, he’s a quality human being and we are excited and honoured to be working across a range of projects with him”.
John Barnett said “I began in this business as an independent producer looking for projects that connected with audiences, projects that I loved and where I was intimately involved in every aspect of the production. I’m really looking forward to working with the team at CJZ. I have enormous respect for their personal integrity, for the business they have built, and the programmes they make”.
Matt Campbell CJZ, CEO added; “John lives to tell stories and has a wonderful nose for audience and market demand. He is a great fit for our company and we can’t wait to get started. Rarely has there been such an exciting time to be a content producer,which is reflected in CJZ’s very large and diverse production slate”.
The joint-venture is effective immediately.