Essential Media makes two executive appointments

22 February, 2016 by Staff Writer

Cathrine McVeigh.


Mike Adams.

Mike Adams of Barnett Law has joined Essential Media and Entertainment as Head of Legal and Commercial Affairs, while Cathrine McVeigh is Essential's new Head of Production.

Adams will be working with company directors Chris Hilton, Ian Collie, Sonja Armstrong and Carmel Travers on Essential's legal and commercial interests, plus business affairs for the company’s full slate of television drama, factual, kids and factual entertainment and feature films.

Adams has been subcontracted to Essential from Barnett Law, a Sydney based law firm he joined as a Director following his recent departure from the See-Saw Films group where, since 2009, he worked as Corporate Counsel & Business Affairs Manager. 

At See-Saw, Adams provided support to production activities while focusing primarily on Fulcrum Media Finance’s lending operations and oversaw the negotiation and contracting of numerous film and television projects.

As Head of Production, Cathrine McVeigh oversees Essential’s production slate. 

McVeigh was previously Production Supervisor at the ABC, where she oversaw hundreds of hours of production, with credits including Play School, Giggle and Hoot, The Book Club, Good Game, School Spectacular, Anzac Day, Review with Miles Barlow, At the Movies and Double the Fist.  

McVeigh has previously worked across multiple networks on show such as SBS’s Fat Pizza, Channel 7’s Where are they Now and All Saints.

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.”