Jon Cassar

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Jon Cassar
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Born Jon Francis Cassar
(1958-04-27) April 27, 1958 (age 57)
Malta
Alma mater Algonquin College
Occupation
  • Director
  • producer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Kristina Kinderman
Children 2

Jon Francis Cassar (born April 27, 1958) is a Maltese-Canadian television director and producer, known for his work on the first seven seasons of 24. In 2006, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the episode "Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.". In 2011, he produced and directed all episodes of the Canadian-American miniseries The Kennedys, for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Life and career[edit]

Jon Francis Cassar was born in Malta on April 27, 1958, and immigrated to Canada with his mother, Elda (née Segona), and father, Frank Cassar, in 1963.[1] Cassar is a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is the co-founder of the Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance, which hosts an annual charity auction, "Lights, Camera, Auction".[2] He is married to Kristina Cassar (née Kinderman); together they have 2 children, including actor Alexis Cassar.[1]

After La Femme Nikita ended, for which he directed 14 episodes, Cassar began working as director and executive producer on the FOX drama-thriller series 24. In 2006, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the episode "Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.".[3] In addition, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row (2003–06), winning one in 2006.[4] He directed the spin-off feature film, 24: Redemption, in 2008. Following the completion of the seventh season of 24, Cassar left the series to focus on other projects. He joined the FOX science fiction series Terra Nova in 2010, as a producer and director.[5]

In 2012, Cassar won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film and the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Direction – Television Movie/Miniseries for his work on the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys.[6][7] For producing the series, he was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.[4] In 2014, it was announced that he would return for 24‍‍ '​‍s follow-up event series, 24: Live Another Day, which debuted on May 5, 2014.[8] In 2015, Cassar joined the ABC anthology series Wicked City as an executive producer and director.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Director credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Producer credits[edit]

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Gemini Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Series La Femme Nikita Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series 24 Nominated
2004 Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Nominated
Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2006 Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Won
Golden Nymph Awards Best International Producer Won
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama Nominated
2007 Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Drama Series Won
2009 Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television 24: Redemption Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie The Kennedys Nominated
2012 Directors Guild of Canada Awards Outstanding Direction – Television Movie/Miniseries Won
Outstanding Television Movie/Miniseries Won
Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directing – Television Film Won
2013 Gemini Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Continuum Nominated

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