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Plimsoll hires former IWC exec Richard Klein for docs push

Yellowstone Live producer Plimsoll Productions has appointed former IWC and ITV exec Richard Klein as head of documentaries.

Klein, who most recently served as creative director for Location, Location, Location producer IWC, will oversee docs for the UK and international.

Prior to IWC, Klein was director of factual at ITV, and prior to that, he was controller of BBC Four, where he oversaw feature doc strand Storyville.

His credits include the Oscar-winning feature doc Man On Wire, as well as The White Season, Life At The Extreme and The Choir.

Klein will report into chief exec Grant Mansfield.

Plimsoll has also promoted Tom Hugh-Jones to creative director of natural history and Jonathan Jackson to finance and commercial director. The business has also hired Chris Williams to series producer.

Hugh-Jones will develop, executive produce and oversee creative across Plimsoll’s series and lead development in the natural history department, while Jackson will oversee Plimsoll’s strategic financial affairs.

In his new role, Williams will produce and direct Plimsoll’s fact ent programming. His producing credits include 999: What’s Your EmergencyRoyal Marines Commando School, The Hotel Inspector and travelogue Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy and Spectacular Spain.

The trio will work out of Plimsoll headquarters in Bristol. Hugh-Jones is to report into head of natural history Martha Holmes; Jackson to chief operating officer Christine Owen and Williams to head of fact ent Karen Plumb.

Plimsoll recently acquired BearHugTV, launched a Cardiff office and, from their office in Los Angeles, produced Hostile Planet (NatGeo) in addition to adapting their Channel 4 format Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs for Animal Planet in the US.

Mansfield said: “These important appointments reflect Plimsoll’s continued expansion and the wealth of new opportunities available to the company domestically and internationally.