Plimsoll Productions ups three

The UK indie has elevated three senior members of its creative team, including Martha Holmes (pictured, left), Kate Beetham (center) and Karen Plumb (right).
March 22, 2016

UK indie Plimsoll Productions has elevated three senior members of its creative team, including Martha Holmes (pictured, left), Kate Beetham (center) and Karen Plumb (right).

Holmes has been upped to head of wildlife, where she will continue to focus on landmark wildlife series including ITV’s Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall, Discovery’s Predators Up Close and Nat Geo’s Deadly Instincts. Prior to joining Plimsoll, Holmes served as series producer with the BBC Natural History Unit and is credited with producing such series as the BAFTA-winning Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer.

As head of development and executive producer, Beetham will now lead an expanded development team focused on fact-ent, features and specialist factual. Her executive producer credits include Channel 5′s Pets Who Hate Vets and ITV’s Prom Crazy. Prior to joining the firm, she held the title of executive producer in the BBC Features department, and commissioning executive for documentaries on BBC1 and BBC2.

Meanwhile, Plumb has been named to head of features and daytime. She will continue in her role as fact-ent showrunner with an expanded remit to now include oversight of daytime development and production. Plumb’s production credits include such popular programs as Channel 5′s The Secret Life of the Family and Channel 4′s Rescue Dogs to Superdogs. Previously, she served as executive producer in the BBC Features department.

All three will continue to report directly to company CEO and founder Grant Mansfield.

The appointments follow Plimsoll’s announcement last week that it had acquired a minority stake in specialist distribution company Magnify Media.

The Bristol-headquartered indie is currently producing 23 series and more than 125 hours of programming for both domestic and international networks, including the recently announced partnership with SVOD services Smithsonian Earth and Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature to produce 50 hours of 4K wildlife and nature programming though the two-year ‘Camp Zambia’ project.

“Martha, Kate and Karen have all played key parts in Plimsoll’s successful launch,” said Mansfield in a statement. “In their new positions, they will take on increasingly influential roles in developing new shows for clients in the UK and the U.S.”

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