Grant Mansfield


Plimsoll to bolster natural history, docs with private equity investment

Hostile Planet producer Plimsoll Productions has struck a deal that will see private equity firm LDC taking a minority stake in the company. Plimsoll was founded in 2013 and has been behind more than 60 series and live shows, including Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls and Yellowstone Live for National Geographic. It has also produced […]

Smith to lead new Plimsoll office

UK-based indie Plimsoll Productions has launched an office in Wales, and handed executive producer James Smith the reins. Grant Mansfield’s Bristol-headquartered production company has been on an expansion drive, getting into distribution and launching in LA, and will now have a satellite in Wales. Smith is leading a team as head of Plimsoll Wales, and […]

Animal Planet adapts Plimsoll’s rescue dog format

Discovery Communications-owned Animal Planet counts an adaptation of British-created format Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs on its 2017/18 slate. The series was announced at the Animal Planet upfront in New York yesterday, where new series such as Animal House (WT), Cat Meets Dog (WT) and My Fat Pet were also revealed. Rescue Dog to Super […]

Trio of promotions at Plimsoll

Plimsoll Productions has promoted a trio of executives a week after the UK indie invested in distributor Magnify Media. Martha Holmes (pictured) has been named head of wildlife, Karen Plumb becomes head of features and daytime, and Kate Beetham is upped to head of development and executive producer. All three will continue to report to […]

Plimsoll buys into Jackson’s Magnify

Entertainment and wildlife prodco Plimsoll Productions has taken a “substantial” minority stake in Andrea Jackson’s specialist distributor Magnify Media. The deal will see Magnify taking sole rights to distribute Plimsoll’s catalogue, and comes soon after Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll revealed it was creating a distribution arm. Jackson (pictured), the former managing director of acquisitions and formats […]

Mansfield’s Plimsoll gets into distribution

Grant Mansfield’s indie Plimsoll Productions has launched a distribution division. Former Zodiak USA boss Mansfield launched Plimsoll in late 2013, and it has gone on to win commissions from ITV, including reality series Big Family Mansion and ob-doc Prom Crazy: Frocks and Ferraris. It has also set up a US office that has won an order […]

ITV to experience Life at the Extreme

The Million Pound Drop presenter Davina McCall is to front an ITV factual series that looks at the world’s most extreme environments. Life at the Extreme is a 4x60mins series from Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions. The show follows McCall’s travels to the hottest, coldest, deepest and wettest places on Earth, to look at the lives […]

Mansfield’s UK prodco launches LA office

Grant Mansfield’s UK-based producer, Plimsoll Productions, is establishing a base in LA, with ITV format Big Family Mansion made an initial priority. The office, opening this spring, will be based in Santa Monica, with Mansfield and executive VP, international production Andrew Jackson overseeing the move. The move comes as part of a strategy to further […]

Sky buys Znak&Jones stake

BSkyB has acquired its second indie stake, this time investing in a transatlantic indie prodco launched this year by former Zodiak and Talpa Media bosses. Sky has taken an equity stake in Znak&Jones Productions, securing international distribution rights for sales arm Sky Vision in the process. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Former Zodiak […]

Sky buys Znak&Jones stake

BSkyB has acquired its second indie stake, this time investing in a transatlantic indie prodco launched this year by former Zodiak and Talpa Media bosses. Sky has taken an equity stake in Znak&Jones Productions, securing international distribution rights for sales arm Sky Vision in the process. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Former Zodiak […]