Essential Media exec appointments

Leo Faber headshot-low resEssential Media and Entertainment has appointed Chris Irvine as Commercial Director and Leo Faber as Development Executive, Factual, both newly created positions.

Irvine joins from SBS Television Australia where he has been Head of Business Affairs in the Content Division since 2007. During that time he oversaw the commercial negotiation and contracting of Top Gear Australia, Who Do You Think You Are, East West 101, Go Back to Where You Came From and Gourmet Farmer. He also had carriage of the network’s terms of trade negotiations.

Prior to this, Irvine held legal and business affairs roles at Film4 and Granada Television (ITV Studios) in the UK. He will be working with Essential Media CEO Chris Hilton focusing on commercial interests and business affairs.

Leo Faber (pictured) has extensive experience in factual story telling as both writer and producer involved in programs such as Whatever! The Science of Teens, Miracle in the Storm and Masterchef. Prior to joining Essential Media, he was responsible for writing and series for Beyond Productions, Southern Star Endemol and Fremantle Media and has worked extensively for US and UK broadcasters such as National Geographic, Discovery, Channel 4 and ITV.

As Development Executive, Factual he joins Alan Erson, Head of Factual and Michael O’Neill, Head of Factual Development.

Essential CEO Chris Hilton said, “We are thrilled to announce these two key appointments at a time of strategic expansion. Both Chris and Leo bring a high level of local and international experience and professionalism to their respective roles and will be huge assets going forward.”

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