Essential Media and Entertainment

About Us

Chris Hilton - CEO and Executive Producer

Chris Hilton is CEO and founding partner of Essential Media and Entertainment, a Sydney-headquartered production company with a stella track record across a diverse range of genres from feature films and TV drama through to megadoc’s and animation. Some of the company’s key current credits as producer include the Disney financed movie Saving Mr Banks (starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson) and the comedy drama Rake which aired on Fox Network in 2014 (starring Greg Kinnear).

Chris began his career in the industry as an award winning writer/ director in 1988. As a producer and executive producer Chris has delivered over 300 hours of programming for Australian and international broadcasters such as BBC, Channel Four, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, Sundance and Arte. Chris’ recent Executive Producer credits include: Australia: The First 4 Billion Years, My Brother the Serial Killer, The Choir, A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets, Miracles, The Science of Teens, The Floating Brothel, Ten Pound Poms, Seduction in the City and The Grammar of Happiness.

Chris sits on the board of Screen Producers Australia and has previously held other board positions such as the Directors Guild of Australia and the Documentary Foundation.

He spends his time between Los Angeles and Sydney where he lives with his wife, Sonja Armstrong, also a producer and a partner in Essential, and three daughters.

Jesse Fawcett - President and Executive Producer

Jesse Fawcett is a 20 year tv veteran who has developed, executive produced and distributed hundreds of hours of primetime, award winning, television in an array of genres - from animation to drama to reality. He launched his first production company (Telefactory) in 1999, which quickly became a high-volume production company of lifestyle programming for top US, Canadian and international broadcasters.

In 2007 Telefactory merged with Galafilm, Inc and Jesse became President & EP of the newly formed Galafilm International, distributing the two company’s catalogues and financing blue chip specials such as the $20 million 10x60 Race To Mars series for Discovery Channels worldwide.

In 2009 Jesse founded Los Angeles and Toronto-based 11 Television, which has grown into today’s Essential Media USA and Essential Media Canada.

The breadth of his production experience is demonstrated in the wide variety of programs he has executive produced: from TruTV’s horror comedy Panic Button, Discovery’s docu-comedy Fool’s Gold, reality competition music series Cover Me Canada for CBC, teen drama series 15/Love, HGTV’s house flipping series Texas Flip n’ Move, SYFY’s top rated hidden camera series Scare Tactics, hard hitting docu-series Vice Beat, to GSN’s new comedy game show Just Say It with Carson Kressley.