We are Greenstone TV

Greenstone TV is part of the CJZ Group (Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder) and are the largest independent producers of content in Australasia.  CJZ’s signature programmes include The Gruen franchise, Bondi Rescue and Go Back to Where you Came From.

Greenstone is a leading New Zealand indie and produces some of the highest rating shows on NZ television including Motorway Patrol, Highway Patrol, Highway Cops, Neighbours at War, Border Patrol, Dog Squad and Renters and quality children’s drama The Cul de Sac.

Our People

Rachel Antony

Rachel Antony

Rachel Antony is the CEO of Greenstone TV. Rachel drives the Greenstone’s slate in factual, entertainment, factual entertainment and documentary programming, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Rachel has over 20 years experience in factual, documentary and entertainment television production in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She set up Greenstone’s first Australian production office in 2007 and was Series Producer of CIU: Crash Investigation Unit for Channel 7 in Sydney and also worked on Conviction Kitchen, So You Think You Can Dance and The X Factor Australia. Rachel has worked on over a dozen documentaries; she has produced an award winning short film; been a publicist for BBC-TV in London; and a travel writer.

She has a degree in Communication Studies majoring in Journalism from AUT and a Post Graduate Diploma in Screen Business from AFTRS [the Australian Film, Television & Radio School].

Richard Driver

Richard Driver is the Chairman of Greenstone TV. Richard joined Greenstone as Managing Director in 2014 and took up the position of Chairman in 2017.

Richard has over twenty-five years experience across a diverse range of roles in the industry. Starting on-air at TVNZ as the host of its flagship music show ‘Radio With Pictures’.

He quickly became an adept producer and director which led to the beginning of a successful career as both Managing Director and Executive Producer for New Zealand production companies Maxwell (1995-1997), Screentime NZ (1997-2001) & Visionary (2001-2006) – a company he co-founded in 2001.

Richard was responsible for launching the Documentary Channel on New Zealand’s Sky digital platform, which he later sold (2010) to the BBC. As a non-fiction content producer he has delivered programmes for New Zealand’s TVNZ, TV3, Prime, Maori and C4 channels, Australia’s Seven and Ten networks, BBC Worldwide & Ireland’s RTE broadcaster.

His music, youth and documentary programmes have featured at film & TV festivals in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand and have received numerous awards and nominations locally and internationally.

Glenda Paterson

Glenda Paterson

Glenda Paterson is a Chartered Accountant who has specialised in film and TV for 20+ years. She has been looking after Greenstone’s financial interests for 18 of those years.

In the early days Glenda also freelanced to various production companies and was the founding Treasurer of Women In Film And Television (WIFT). Her film credits include Harry Sinclair’s Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Toy Love and The Price Of Milk, Nikki Caro’s Memory & Desire, Scott Reynolds’ Heaven, Christine Parker’s Channelling Baby and Bob Swaim’s The Climb.

At the 2009 WIFT NZ awards, Glenda was announced as co-winner of the Unsung Heroines of the Screen Industry Award. “Glenda’s done a wonderful job at Greenstone,” MD John Harris said at the time, “keeping us stable in an industry where budgeting is so critical. We’re indebted to her – and I know she has also done a lot to help the wider industry.”

Glenda has overall responsibility for the finances of Greenstone’s large catalogue of shows.  She says she enjoys “the stimulation of working with great people in a non-accounting environment”, and looks forward to being part of the Greenstone team as it continues to evolve as one of the most prominent and respected production companies in NZ.

Tash Christie

Tash is one of Greenstone’s most experienced producers having worked in the television industry for 17 years covering a wide genre of prime time programmes.

Tash’s most recent primetime documentaries include The Women of Pike River (TVOne) selected for The NZ International Film Festival and runaway ratings success series, The Big Ward (TV2).

She has also helmed popular shows Nabbed, Serious Crash Unit, Motorway Patrol, Neighbours at War, The Zoo, Showtime and Cause of Death Unknown.

Tash is now Executive Producer at Greenstone overseeing several projects alongside working in development of new programming ideas.

Kylie Croft

Kylie Croft

Kylie Croft (Ngāti Toa) has been a secret ingredient in Greenstone’s successful (on time, on budget, top-rating) series for over a decade.

Her credits include production managing doco-drama Keith Park—The Kiwi Who Saved Britain; The Tem Show with Temuera Morrison; and long-time Kiwi favourite Motorway Patrol. She production managed the landmark NZOA-supported series, Keeping It Pure series for PRIME TV.

Kylie has been line producer over a number of series including Highway Patrol for Channel 7 Australia and Decades in Colour, Series 2 for Prime TV.

Harriet Crampton

Harriet was the administrator of Taki Rua/The Depot Theatre in Wellington in the late 80s, producing new New Zealand work, then moved to Auckland where she was Station Manager of 95bfm.

In 2001 Harriet became Producer of Shortland Street, and worked for South Pacific Pictures for the next 6 years, producing Prime TV’s first local drama Interrogation. Harriet joined Greenstone in 2014, and has most recently produced season 2 of popular teen drama Cul de Sac.

Timeline

Present day

Greenstone TV is part of the CJZ Group (Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder) and are the largest independent producers of content in Australasia. Their signature programmes include The Gruen franchise, Bondi Rescue and Go Back to Where you Came From.

Greenstone produces Drama, Factual, Entertainment and Comedy programming across all commercial networks, public broadcasters, free-to-air in New Zealand and the Seven Network in Melbourne and Sydney. All are for prime time. Greenstone is best known for classic series Motorway Patrol, Highway Patrol, Highway Cops, Neighbours at War, Border Patrol, Dog Squad and Renters and quality children’s drama The Cul de Sac.

For over 20 years we’ve been producing television shows – popular factual, entertainment, drama and documentary. We’ve created characters, documented histories and captured real life stories – around 100 documentaries in total, and more than 100 series. We’ve won numerous awards and achieved high ratings at the same time.

2013

Greenstone was sold by John Harris to the CJZ Group located in Sydney.

2010

Cream Media was purchased by Greenstone bringing on board favourites such as Dog Squad and Border Patrol, still in production today.

1994

Greenstone was founded by John Harris, a journalist and programme-maker with many years’ experience in newspapers, radio and television. John built Greenstone into a widely respected and prolific production house – active in Australia as well as New Zealand. John was managing director and head of development.