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 David Freeman and Robert Hardy to lead the company’s flagship Canadian offices.
Based in Vancouver, Freeman (pictured left) boards EQ Media as executive in charge of production while Hardy (right) has been appointed as an executive producer. The pair will report directly into president and executive producer Jesse Fawcett.
“We are tremendously excited to plant our Canadian flag in Vancouver with Robert and David at the helm,” said Fawcett in a statement. “We are committed to growing this office into a premiere Canadian content supplier and that’s reflected in our significant investments in unscripted, scripted, feature documentary and animated projects.”
EQ Media Group has development and production hubs in Los Angeles, Sydney, Dallas, Auckland and Vancouver. Its offices in Vancouver were established in March 2020 and boasts a full-time staff of five.
Freeman and Hardy will oversee any future seasons of History Canada’s forthcoming unscripted series Big Timber (10 x 60 minutes), which is produced in association with Corus Studios. The series joined EQ Media Group’s stable through Fawcett’s acquisition of the property from Kew Media Group, according to a press release.
An experienced broadcast veteran, Freeman joins EQ with responsibility for ensuring all productions come in on budget and schedule. Originally from the UK, he is credited with being proficient in the financial, logistical and creative aspects of production. His past work includes serving as a line producer with Great Pacific Media on CBC’s High Arctic Haulers and as a supervising producer on History’s Yukon Gold and Klondike Trappers, as well as HGTV’s Timber Kings.
Hardy, meanwhile, will serve as creative lead on all development and production in his new role as executive producer, with showrunners reporting to him. He holds television production experience across documentary, factual, comedy and drama, with previous stints at Force Four Entertainment and recently, with his own prodco, Perfect Day Productions. His production credits include Rust Valley Restorers for Netflix and History, CBC’s Keeping Canada Alive, W Network’s Sophie & Shannon and Border Security: America’s Front Line for Netflix and National Geographic.
Essential Media Group (EMG) was acquired by Toronto-headquartered Kew Media Group in 2018. Following the collapse of the parent company, Quail and Fawcett bought back EMG’s assets, including its North American, Australian and New Zealand operations, in March of 2020. As reported by Australian trade IF, Quail and Fawcett rebranded the company as EQ Media Group in August.
With files from Barry Walsh and Playback Daily’s Lauren Malyk