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Cassar, Jon 1958- (John Cassar)

Cassar, Jon 1958- (John Cassar)

PERSONAL

Full name, Jon Francis Cassar; born April 27, 1958, in Malta; immigrated to Canada, 1963; son of Frank and Elda (maiden name, Segona) Cassar; married Kristina Francis Kinderman; children: Alexis, Zak. Education: Attended Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1983. Avocational Interests: Movies, reading, soccer, volleyball.

Addresses:

Office—Cassar Filmworks, Inc., P.O. Box 5444, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 2K8. Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr. N., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career:

Director, cinematographer and producer. Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, instructor, 1984-87; General Assembly Productions, Ottawa, vice president, 1986; J.F.C. Steadicam Photography, Ottawa, president, beginning 1986; camera operator for television commercials and music videos for artists such as David Gibson, the Downchild Blues Band, Eight Seconds, Kyana, the Peter Stewart Band, the Republic, Screaming Bamboo, Sherry Keen, 39 Steps, and Zoo Train; sometimes credited as John Cassar. Maine International Film and TV Workshops, instructor, 1986, 1987.

Member:

Directors Guild of America, Directors Guild of Canada, Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Canadian Association of Motion Picture and Electronic Recording Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Excellence Awards, Advertising and Sales Association of Ottawa, 1987; Gemini Award nomination, best direction in a dramatic series, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1998, for La Femme Nikita; Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding drama series, 2003, 2004, 2005, Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in nighttime dramatic series, 2004, Emmy Awards, outstanding directing for a drama series and outstanding drama series (with others), 2006, Producers Guild of America Award nominations (with others), episodic television producer of the year, 2006, 2007, Golden Nymph (with others), best international producer, Monte-Carlo Television Festival, 2006, and Directors Guild of America Award (with others), outstanding directorial achievement in nighttime dramatic series, 2007, all for 24; also shared awards from Canadian Society of Cinematographers for work as camera operator.

CREDITS

Television Producer; Series:

Producer, 24, Fox, 2002-2004.

Co-executive producer, 24, Fox, 2005-2006.

Executive producer, 24, Fox, 2007—.

Television Director; Series:

Forever Knight, multiple episodes, CBS, 1992, syndicated, 1994-95, USA Network and syndicated, 1996.

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, between 1994 and 1996.

Pointman, syndicated, multiple episodes, 1995.

La Femme Nikita (also known as Nikita), USA Network, multiple episodes, between 1997 and 2001.

24, Fox, 2002—.

Television Director; Movies:

The Final Goal, 1995.

Assault on Devil's Island (also known as Shadow Warriors), TNT, 1997.

CHiPs '99, TNT, 1998.

Shadow Warriors II: Hunt for the Death Merchant (also known as Assault on Death Mountain), TNT, 1998.

Danger Beneath the Sea, 2001.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Jazzman," The Hardy Boys, 1995.

"The Last Laugh," The Hardy Boys, 1995.

Nancy Drew (also known as Alice et les Hardy Boys), syndicated, 1995.

"Body Language," Due South (also known as Direction: Sud), CBS, 1996.

"Curse of the Mirrored Box," Baywatch Nights (also known as Detectives on the Beach), syndicated, 1996.

"The Rig," Baywatch Nights (also known as Detectives on the Beach), syndicated, 1996.

"Ascension," Baywatch Nights (also known as Detectives on the Beach), syndicated, 1997.

"The Eighth Seal," Baywatch Nights (also known as Detectives on the Beach), syndicated, 1997.

"Inheritance," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

"Reunion: Part 2," Profiler, NBC, 1999.

"Fallen Angels," Amazon (also known as Peter Benchley's "Amazon" and Amazonas—Gefangene des dschungels), syndicated, 1999.

"Death to the Queen," Queen of Swords (also known as Reina de espadas and Tessa, a la pointe de l'epee), syndicated, 2000.

"Fever," Queen of Swords (also known as Reina de espadas and Tessa, a la pointe de l'epee), syndicated, 2000.

"GeoCore," Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, syndicated, 2000.

"Death Trap," Code Name: Eternity (also known as Code: Eternity), Sci-Fi Channel, 2000.

"I Scream the Body Electric," Mutant X, syndicated, 2001.

"Dark Star Rising," Mutant X, syndicated, 2002.

"Double Vision," Mutant X, syndicated, 2002.

"Above Suspicion," Street Time, Showtime, 2002.

"The Truth Hurts … Bad," Street Time, Showtime, 2002.

"Enemy Mind," The Dead Zone (also known as Stephen King's "The Dead Zone"), USA Network, 2002.

"Dinner with Dana," The Dead Zone (also known as Stephen King's "The Dead Zone"), USA Network, 2002.

Also directed episodes of The Cape, FX: The Series, Jake and the Kid, and Sheena, syndicated.

Television Director; Pilots:

Company Man, Fox, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

24: Access All Areas, BBC, 2003.

24: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Pure 24, BBC3, 2003.

Film Director:

The Ultimate Weapon, New City Releasing, 1997.

Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 (also known as Flug 534—Tod ueber den wolken and Die Sturmfrontn—Katastrophe ueber den wolken), Carlton America, 2001.

Film Appearances:

Himself, I Trust You to Kill Me (documentary), First Independent Pictures, 2006.

Internet Appearances; Episodic:

24Inside, www.24inside.com, 2004, 2006.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Journeys below the Line: 24—The Editing Process, First Light Video Publishing, 2005.

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