Plimsoll Productions


TBI Factual: How UK city of Bristol became a global production powerhouse

Andrew Jackson is president of international production & development at Plimsoll Productions, based out of Bristol in the UK. He reflects on how this relatively small UK city became famed for its natural history programming and explores what’s next for this creative powerhouse When I first came to Bristol, about the only thing I knew […]

‘Night On Earth’ prodco Plimsoll moves into scripted with Lisa Gilchrist

Plimsoll Productions, the UK-based outfit behind factual shows including Hostile Planet and Night On Earth, is launching a scripted division and has hired Lisa Gilchrist (Appropriate Adult) to run it. Gilchrist becomes head of drama at the prodco and will be tasked with developing original scripted series with an initial focus on factual drama for […]

Factual round-up: ITVS sells Plimsoll’s ‘Planet Earth’; Docubay’s 1091 deal; Love Nature expands in Russia; Kew’s unscripted sales

ITVS pounces on Plimsoll’s natural history series ITV Studios has picked up international distribution rights to Plimsoll Productions’ new natural history series, A Year On Planet Earth. The 6 x 60-minute show is being produced for ITV and is from natural history team Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II), Andrew Jackson (Frozen Planet) and Martha Holmes […]

Show of the week: Night On Earth

Hostile Planet producer Plimsoll Productions has used a variety of ground-breaking camera techniques for its latest foray into blue chip natural history programming, this time for Netflix. Night On Earth, which debuts on the streamer on 29 January, is designed to shine a light on the nocturnal activities in the animal kingdom and explore how […]

Plimsoll Productions appoints Electus alum to head LA office

Plimsoll Productions has hired former Electus and Covert Media exec Saul Goldberg to head its Los Angeles office. The business – in which private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital took a minority stake last month – has appointed Goldberg as VP of development and production. He will oversee Plimsoll’s US slate across fact ent and […]

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 […]

Smithsonian commissions Plimsoll for doc duo on heels of Brazil launch

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned a pair of programmes from Plimsoll Productions focused on South American flora and fauna. The US cable channel has ordered Jaguarland (1 x 60 minutes) and Brazil’s Emerald Oasis (1 x 60 minutes) – both of which document the animals and landscape of the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s […]

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 […]

Nat Geo picks up Plimsoll’s Wild Great Britain

Nat Geo has picked up Plimsoll Productions’ Hugh Bonneville-narrated Wild Great Britain for its international channels. The broadcaster has picked up global pay-TV rights – excluding the UK and US – to the 8 x 60-minute premium wildlife series from Andrea Jackson’s Magnify Media. The deal was brokered by Magnify exec Chris Bartlett and Nat […]

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