UK indie Plimsoll Productions has hired former BBC and Discovery Channel exec Andrew Jackson (pictured) to be its executive VP of international production.
London- and Bristol-based Plimsoll was launched by Grant Mansfield - the former CEO of LA-based prodco Zodiak USA – last September, with a focus on reality and wildlife programming for the UK and U.S. markets.
Jackson departed Discovery in June after serving for two years as exec VP of production and development of landmark series and specials out of the company’s UK office.
In his role at Plimsoll, he will be responsible for developing a U.S. expansion strategy, and work closely with chief executive Mansfield, whom he will be reporting to, as well as the group’s newly appointed agent William Morris Endeavor (WME).
Jackson joined Discovery in June 2012 and oversaw the channel’s specials, with a focus on natural history, science and history production and development. At the net, he also managed projects such as North America, Monster Squid – The Giant is Real, Africa, Curiosity, Winged Planet and 2013′s ‘Shark Week’ programming.
Prior to Discovery, Jackson worked as head of the BBC’s natural history unit from 2009 to 2012. There, he oversaw more than 40 series and specials and was responsible for the Bristol-based production unit. His BBC credits include Frozen Planet, Lost Land of the Tiger, Ocean Giants and How Life Works. Before joining the Beeb, Jackson was managing director of Tigress Productions.
“Andrew is a leader in factual and non-fiction documentary filmmaking, has more than two decades experience of working in the U.S. market and is the perfect executive to help Plimsoll expand Stateside,” said Mansfield in a statement.
“He is a respected producer, an inspiring storyteller and has a successful track record of innovative programming,” the exec added. “Together with our new partners at WME we are now perfectly positioned to develop and produce directly for American broadcast and cable networks.”