Essential Media and Entertainment

About Us

Essential Media and Entertainment is one of Australia’s leading independent producers of high quality screen content for both local and international audiences. Headquartered in Sydney, Essential Media also maintains offices in Brisbane, Los Angeles and Toronto. Platform partners outside Australia include BBC, National Geographic, PBS, Discovery Networks, Sundance, History Channel, Arte, Netflix and Fox Network.

Recent successes from its diverse slate include popular and award-winning drama series Rake and Jack Irish, the landmark natural history series Australia: The Time Travellers Guide and standout lifestyle hits Gourmet Farmer and Shane Delia’s Spice Journey.

The Company’s principals - Chris Hilton, Carmel Travers, Sonja Armstrong and Ian Collie - are behind Australia’s best entertainment from The Colony to Beyond 2000, Gourmet Farmer to Rake. All four are highly credentialed producers and industry leaders.

The Essential Factual and Lifestyle slate is as strong as ever with recent productions: landmark drama-doc series Australia: The Story of Us, journalistic series Afghanistan: The Australian War and feature documentary Why Anzac with Sam Neill. Other recently broadcast factual content includes the seafood campaign series What’s the Catch? , lifestyle series Gourmet Farmer Afloat, a third series of middle-eastern food travel show Shane Delia’s Spice Journey and arts feature doc Getting Frank Gehry.

Essential Drama recently produced a fourth series of the critically acclaimed Rake starring Richard Roxburgh, and the six part series of crime drama Jack Irish following up on the success of the first three instalments of the tele- movies starring Guy Pearce. The highly anticipated 4 hour crime drama series starring Alex Dimitriades, The Principal, aired on SBS in October 2014 and continues in rest of world territories, including on Netflix in the US.

Essential Kids & Family has launched with the success of animated series Bubble Bath Bay (aka Sydney Sailboat) and teen factual series MY:24. It has an exciting slate of children’s and family content, including the animated series Alien TV and live action teen- drama series The Timeshifters.

Essential’s feature film slate is off to an impressive start with the 2014 release of Disney’s Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Factual Entertainment formats are a growing focus for the company along with partner companies Essential Media USA in Los Angeles and Essential Media Canada in Toronto. The Los Angeles and Toronto unscripted companies currently produce series for a variety of platforms including TruTV, HGTV, GSN, Animal Planet and National Geographic and for the Bell and Shaw media groups in Canada.

In the USA, Essential is represented by Kaplan Stahler for unscripted and by UTA for scripted.