New appointments at Essential Media

Cathrine McVeigh becomes Head of Production and Mike Adams appointed Head of Legal & Commercial Affairs.


Independent production company Essential Media and Entertainment has appointed Cathrine McVeigh as Head of Production and Mike Adams of Barnett Law as Head of Legal and Commercial Affairs.

Cathrine McVeigh was previously Production Supervisor at the ABC where she oversaw hundreds of hours of production, both in the field and in the studio. Her credits include Play School, Giggle and Hoot, The Book Club, Good Game, School Spectacular, Anzac Day, Review with Miles Barlow, At the Movies, Double the Fist. She has previously worked across multiple networks including SBS’s Fat Pizza, plus Seven’s Where are they Now and All Saints.

Mike Adams (pictured) has been subcontracted to Essential from Barnett Law. He previously worked as Corporate Counsel & Business Affairs Manager at See-Saw Films, focusing primarily on Fulcrum Media Finance’s lending operations and the contracting of numerous film and television projects.

He will be working closely with Essential’s four company directors, Executive producers Chris Hilton, Ian Collie, Sonja Armstrong and Carmel Travers, focusing on legal and commercial interests and business affairs.

Essential Media CEO and Executive Producer Chris Hilton said, “We are thrilled to announce these two key appointments at the start of an exciting year for Essential Media. Both Mike and Cathrine bring a high level of local and international experience and professionalism to their respective roles and will be valuable assets to the company and its productions going forward.”

Current Essential productions include Jack Irish Series 1, Rake Series 4, Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War, Gourmet Farmer Series 4, What Meat Do I Eat?, and a third instalment of the live debate shows Australians on… anthology.

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