Andrew Denton's departure from TV

Kathleen Belsten / June 26, 2013 11:02 AM

Who’s Who entrant Andrew Denton is taking the final step away from television after selling the shares of an independent production house he helped create.

Andrew Denton

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Denton co-founded Zapruder’s Other Films, which developed programs such as Gruen Transfer, Gruen Planet, Enough Rope, Elders, Can of Worms, 30 seconds and also created the Chaser team through CNNNN.

The company merged with Cordell Jigsaw to create Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder otherwise known as CJZ.

“When I started Zapruder’s Other Films 13 years ago,” he said, “I never imagined I’d be leaving it as CJZ, Australia’s most active, locally-owned, independent production company.”

In CJZ’s statement they said, “he leaves CJZ with over a dozen shows on the production slate and an exciting range of content across most networks”.

“Since its  establishment, Zapruder’s produced an enviable state of original Australian developed and produced shows,” CJZ also said.

“Andrew reinvented TV interviewing with Enough Rope and Elders, helped Australia look at advertising and marketing in a new light with The Gruen Transfer/Planet, brought The Chaser to our screens with CNNNN and Election Chaser and mentored an enduring team of new talent with three series of Hungry Beast.”

Denton says he takes great pleasure from Zapruder supplying among the most-watched, locally made, programs on the ABC in the last ten years.

“My measure of success, however, is not something that can be as easily seen from the outside,” Denton said, “To watch talented people grow under the Zapruder banner has been a reward that outstrips the more public ones.”

He hands over his share of the company to Nick Murray and Michael Cordell and says he is excited to see the great television CJZ will produce.

“In an industry that can be brutal,” he said, “I consider it an achievement to have provided a nurturing environment for good people and ideas. It’s great to know that tradition continues at CJZ.”

After seeing the two companies successfully merge in 2012, Andrew made a personal decision to move on from television and pursue other interests. He has spent the last twelve months out of the limelight and travelling.

“It’s been a full-on 13 years,” said Denton, “For the next little while at least, I am going to try my hand at being Australia’s most unlikely, least laid-back, hippie.” 

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