Unscripted

Former Zodiak USA exec launches prodco

Former Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield (pictured) is launching a Bristol- and London-based production company, focusing on reality and wildlife programming, called Plimsoll Productions.
September 25, 2013

Former Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield (pictured) is launching a Bristol- and London-based production company, focusing on reality and wildlife programming, called Plimsoll Productions.

The prodco’s output will focus on serving both the UK and U.S. markets. Mansfield will take up the role of chief executive, with his executive team including creative director Gavin Henderson; executive producer of wildlife Martha Holmes; executive producer of factual Kate Beetham; and managing director Christine Owen. All will report to Mansfield.

Most recently, Mansfield was the CEO of LA-based Zodiak USA, where he executive produced Secret Millionaire, Killer Karaoke, Hardcore Pawn and more. He also served as the managing director of London-based RDF and head of programs at Granada TV.

As creative director, Henderson will oversee the creation and production of Plimsoll’s original series. His credits include executive producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where he developed and produced Planet Earth Live, Autumnwatch and Great Bear Stakeout; and creative director of Channel 5′s Big Brother.

Holmes will be tasked with creating landmark popular science shows, and also joins from the BBC’s NHU. She has a PhD in Marine Biology and her production credits include Life, Manhunters and Blue Planet.

Meanwhile, Beetham will focus on reality and docuseries programming, and joins from the BBC’s features department, where she was an executive producer.

As Plimsoll’s managing director, Owen will oversee all administrative, financial and legal aspects of the business. She has previously been the head of production and managing director at companies including RDF West in Bristol.

“Between us, the Plimsoll team has a long track record for producing a raft of international hit series in the non-scripted space,” said Mansfield. “Working with our broadcast partners on both sides of the Atlantic, we’re confident that there are plenty more to come.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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