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EQ Media Group expands global coverage with head of development hirings

Greg Quail and Jesse Fawcett‘s indie production outfit EQ Media Group, formerly Essential Media and Entertainment, is expanding its global footprint with the hiring of two heads of development. Kevin Joseph (pictured left) ...
September 2, 2020

Greg Quail and Jesse Fawcett‘s indie production outfit EQ Media Group, formerly Essential Media and Entertainment, is expanding its global footprint with the hiring of two heads of development.

Kevin Joseph (pictured left) will join EQ Media Group with oversight of the company’s U.S. development, while Simon Fleming (right) will helm its development slate in New Zealand.

With development and production hubs in Los Angeles, Sydney, Dallas, Vancouver and Auckland, the pair will also contribute to EQ Media Group’s global development slate.

Joseph most recently served as a development executive at both Fulwell 73 Productions and Original Productions. During this period, he worked to develop and launch a number of series for CBS, Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Discovery and HBO Max, among others.

He additionally has experience in film via United Talent Agency, as well as at Thunder Road Productions during the development of such narrative films as John Wick and Sicario.

Fleming, meanwhile, has more than 25 years of television industry experience, having previously served as a producer and director on several series for the BBC, ITV, CNBC, Channel 10 and Channel 7, all in New Zealand. His most recent credits include Rhys Darby Big in JapanMy Kitchen Rules NZ and My Restaurant Rules.

“Kevin and Simon are highly respected creatives with unique network relationships and strong development POVs,” said Fawcett, president and executive producer at EQ Media Group, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have them on our team and further filling out our global bench strength.”

Fresh off of a rebrand from Essential Media and Entertainment, EQ Media Group boasts a robust slate of U.S. lifestyle programming, with three titles in production including Brett Waterman’s Restored for Magnolia, HGTV’s Selling the Big Easy and No Demo Reno.

In addition, the company’s Pacific operations currently have nine non-scripted series in production across multiple genres, including true crime, travel and adventure, sport, indigenous stories and space exploration.

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