Essential Media joins with US / Canadian group

Essential Media and Entertainment and US/Canadian prodco 11 Television, have joined forces to create Essential 11 Media Group.

Essential Media, which has produced Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide, Australia On Trial, Jack Irish, Rake and Gourmet Farmer, will continue to produce content for Australia and the international market, while 11 Television has opened production offices in Los Angeles and Toronto to focus exclusively on factual entertainment formats.

Chris Hilton, CEO of Essential Media and Entertainment, says “There are great synergies to be had in developing hit formats across the group with simultaneous access to broadcasters in three English speaking territories. This is why we’ve invested in this partnership with 11 Television, which is helmed by industry leaders and veteran Executive Producers Kevin Healey and Jesse Fawcett.”

Chris Hilton will become the CEO of 11 Television with Healey as Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer of 11 Television and Fawcett as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of 11 Television.

The Essential 11 Media Group slate  for American and Canadian networks in 2012 include :

• Propos’d, a program announced by Oxygen in which grooms pull off elaborate pranks to give their girlfriends a marriage proposal they will never forget.

• Destination Fear (13 x 30 mins), a comedy prank show, for Travel Channel US and Travel & Leisure Canada, where paranormal obsessed travelers experience frightening destinations in a whole new way.

• Cover Me Canada (9 x 60 mins) the company’s first original talent show format, a music competition series for CBC, hosted by Nicole Appleton, where cover bands battle it out to perform original takes on the nation’s best loved songs.Risky Business (13 x 30 mins), an investment competition show for Slice Network, hosted by Canadian entrepreneur W Brett Wilson.

• Australia: The Times Traveler’s Guide (4 x 60mins), a landmark natural history series for PBS Nova.

• My Brother The Serial Killer (1 x 90 mins), a special feature for Investigation Discovery and CBC.

• The Grammar Of Happiness (1 X 60 Mins), filmed over three years in the Amazon for Smithsonian Network.

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