Jon Casimir – Head of Entertainment, ABC Television
Jon’s extensive television experience began when Andrew Denton lured him from the Sydney Morning Herald to be a producer on the much-loved Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003-2008). While at Zapruder’s Other Films (now the ‘Z’ in CJZ), Jon’s 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 and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery for ABC TV. He is best known as the co-creator, executive producer and writer of the hugely successful Gruen family of programs (Transfer, Planet, Nation, Sweat). At the ABC, Jon’s biggest success so far has been The Weekly With Charlie Pickering.
Jon began his career as a journalist with music magazine RAM, moving to Encore and then to the Sydney Morning Herald where, in a 17 year stint, he was a senior writer, critic, editor and midwife at the birth of the smh.com news site. Jon has written four books, including two about the internet and one about his daughter’s difficult introduction to life. He has edited six other books and dabbled in radio as a guest and presenter, once filling in as Evenings host on ABC702 for two months.