Former BBC executive Rachel Morgan has been tapped by Bristol-based indie Plimsoll Productions to head its specialist factual and documentaries department.
In the new role, Morgan (pictured) will focus on specialist factual and documentary programming for both the UK and international markets. She will be based out of Plimsoll’s offices in Bristol.
Most recently, Morgan served as commissioning editor of specialist factual at the BBC. There, she was responsible for delivering a raft of the British pubcaster’s recent landmark series and copro, including National Geographic’s The Greatest Tomb on Earth with Albert Linn & Dan Snow, PBS’s Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Smithsonian’s Expedition New Earth with Professor Stephen Hawking, and the forthcoming Wellcome Trust/PBS project with Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis.
Prior to that, Morgan spent 10 years working for leading UK indies before becoming director of programs at Endemol-owned Darlow Smithson Productions, overseeing seven hours of Channel 4′s live coverage of King Richard III’s Reburial. Her other credits include BBC’s BAFTA- and RTS-award winning series The Choir.
“As the frontier’s global broadcasting expand rapidly, Plimsoll is at the cutting edge of that expansion, recognised as one to watch within the UK and making huge landmark shows internationally after just four years of existence,” said Morgan in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of the creative and strategic plans of this ambitious company.”
“Plimsoll has never been busier and Rachel’s expertise, experience and success, both as a commissioning executive and an indie producer, will be invaluable as we continue to expand,” added Plimsoll CEO Grant Mansfield.
Elsewhere, the company has appointed Jonathan Jackson to finance director, overseeing Plimsoll’s strategic financial affairs and implementing growth objectives; and Alison Bennett to head of community outreach, responsible for expanding Plimsoll’s community outreach that already includes the Stephen Lawrence Trust, which offers six-week work placement for youth of diverse backgrounds.
Since launching four years ago, the company has produced more than 40 series for both domestic and international networks, including a partnership with Blue Ant Media for ‘Camp Zambia’. Most recently, the company expanded its footprint with the establishment of an office in Wales, and adapted their Channel 4 format Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs for Animal Planet in the U.S.
Plimsoll 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.