Essential Media and Entertainment

About Us

Simonne Overend - VP of Scripted Development

Simonne Overend is Essential Media and Entertainment's Vice President of Scripted Development for the US.

Prior to joining Essential, Simonne held roles in film and television development, production and distribution in Australia, Singapore and Paris and London. She has worked in development for a range of companies, including RGM Artist Group, BBC4, IWC Media, December Films and Village Roadshow. Simonne is also the President of Australians in Film, an LA-based organization for film and television professionals working in the US.

Neil Sommerlatte - Showrunner

Neil has been a part of the Essential family for 4 years. Working as a Showrunner in the field or creating new development content in our Texas office, he's an active member of our team.
With nearly 10 years working in reality television, Neil has worked on a variety of shows including Texas Flip N Move, Fear Factor, Dance Moms, Border Wars, Building Wild, The First 48, North Woods Law and Lone Star Law.

A native Texan, Neil represents Essential Media productions in Fort Worth, Texas. Neil is married to Bridget and has two adorable red-headed children, Cora and August. When Neil isn't working... he's working. Email:

Kaleb Keene - Showrunner

Originally from Louisiana, Kaleb has been an integral part of Essential’s Texas-based TV productions since 2015. With nearly 10 years of experience in the reality television industry, Kaleb has worked on a variety of projects as logistically complex as The First 48, Hunted and Undercover Boss to the character-focused Duck Dynasty and Texas Flip N' Move.

Whether shooting in alligator infested waters or the intimacy of a one on one interview space, making talent feel comfortable and secure to bring forth the most genuine character is Kaleb's M.O. The respect Kaleb shows to his peers and his projects is what sets him apart. He brings a calm focus and team mentality to any project he is a part of. Email: