Essential Media and Entertainment


Kew Media acquires Essential Quail for $24m

Canada’s Kew Media Group has agreed to acquire Essential Quail Media Group for an initial purchase price of US$24.64 (£18) million. The transaction will be comprised of around $15 million in cash and $9.6 million in Class B shares of Kew, valued at $7.78 per share. The initial purchase price will be funded through cash […]

TCB secures Essential catalogue

London-based distribution company TCB Media Rights has closed a representation deal with Sydney’s Essential Media and Entertainment for 55 hours of factual-entertainment programming. The volume deal was brokered by Kate Llewellyn-Jones, managing director of TCB (pictured), and Chris Hilton, CEO and executive producer at Essential. Top Essential titles include Gourmet Farmer and #Shelfie with Dan […]

Essential, Quail create LA joint venture

Australian prodcos Quail Television and Essential Media and Entertainment has entered into a production joint venture, with a series of hires also revealed. Essential’s existing LA arm, Essential Media USA, and Quail have created Essential Quail Television (EQTV), which is already in production on DIY Network series Texas Flip N Move, spin-offs Louisiana Flip N […]

Sydney Sailboat docks at Hulu

US streaming service Hulu has taken exclusive US subscription on-demand rights to animated preschool series Sydney Sailboat. The deal with distributor Bejuba! Entertainment means Hulu will debut the 52x11mins series on September 26. The show was an ABC Kids commission, which airs on NBCUniversal-owned Sprout in the US. It comes from Essential Media and Entertainment, […]

Factual SVOD net, Arte create Living Universe

Subscription on-demand service CuriosityStream and European cultural broadcaster Arte have co-commissioned a science-themed doc series and accompanying feature film. The Living Universe comes from Australian indie Essential Media and Entertainment and French producer-distributor Zed. This comprises a 4x60mins TV series and a 1x90mins feature documentary. Set in the past, present and future, it will look […]

MIPTV 2014 news brief: The Feds pursuing Zombie Boot Camp

Australia-based prodco The Feds has hired veteran producer Julia Peters ahead of heading to Cannes to launch its new zombie series. Peters, who has worked for Essential Media and Entertainment, Eyeworks, FremantleMedia and the major Australian networks, will be executive producer at The Feds. The Feds, which recently secured a portion of Screen Australia’s funding […]

Essential fills MIP slate with Bubble Bath Bay

Rake coproducer Essential Media and Entertainment is sending four children’s series to MIPJunior next month, including the 52x11mins Bubble Bath Bay. Essential’s latest drama series Rake is set to launch on Fox in the US later this season, coproduced with Fedora Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, but it is also active in the kids’ space. […]