Bristol-based indie Plimsoll Productions is expanding its footprint with the establishment of a new office in Wales.
Slated to open in the fall, the office will be led by seasoned development exec James Smith (pictured), the newly appointed head of Plimsoll Wales.
Plimsoll Wales, which is currently producing two series from the Cardiff offices, is the company’s third location. It will work closely alongside the development and production teams in Bristol and the Los Angeles-based Plimsoll USA.
Smith, meanwhile, has most recently served as an executive producer at Plimsoll’s Bristol office where he oversaw such specials and live events as National Geographic’s two-hour event Earth Live, which served as the network’s most-watched live special in over a decade; and Camp Zambia, the ambitious wildlife project for Blue Ant Media & Smithsonian Earth.
Prior to joining Plimsoll in 2015, Smith ran Springwatch for BBC2 and was part of the BAFTA-winning team that created Amazon with Bruce Parry and produced the anthropological series Tribe. In addition, he has series produced The Fisherman’s Apprentice with Monty Halls and Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble.
“Cardiff is an obvious expansion of our commitment to out-of-London production, tapping into the creative talent base that has grown up there, including BAFTA award winner James Smith,” said Plimsoll CEO Grant Mansfield in a statement. “With his long association with Wales as a producer and resident, we have the perfect leader to establish and build a permanent production base in Cardiff.”
Plimsoll has produced more than 40 series for the domestic and international marketplace since launching nearly four years ago.
In August, ITV will premiere the studio’s primetime series Teach My Pet To Do That, while Animal Planet will broadcast the premiere of Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs, originally produced for Channel 4. The company was also recently honored with the High Growth Business of the Year award from the British Chamber of Commerce, making Plimsoll the first indie to be feted with the award.