Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions has acquired Cardiff-based Bearhug TV from Jobim Sampson, who will become creative director at Plimsoll Wales.
Plimsoll’s acquisition of Bearhug further cements the company’s commitment to creating unscripted programming for the Welsh region, and follows the establishment of Plimsoll’s Cardiff offices last fall, with seasoned development exec James Smith at the helm.
In his new role, Sampson (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on specialist factual series for the UK. He reports into Plimsoll Wales head Smith.
A 20-year television veteran, Sampson previously linked with Plimsoll on the series Bringing Home Baby for BBC Wales, where he was an executive producer.
Sampson’s production credits include BBC1′s Earth’s Natural Wonders and BBC2′s City in the Sky. His credits under the Bearhug TV banner include BBC1′s Haley: Call Centre’s Tanning Addict and WWI anniversary doc Gareth Thomas and the Battle of Mametz Wood for BBC Wales.
Prior to launching his own company, Sampson ran Channel 4′s Time Team from Cardiff.
“Plimsoll is committed to building the Welsh office and we’re thrilled to have Jobim join us. Not only does he have an excellent track record but he also knows the Welsh TV talent; his experience will be invaluable to us in Wales,” said Andrew Jackson, president of international production for Plimsoll, in a statement.
British pubcaster Channel 4 will premiere Plimsoll’s The First Brit: Secrets of the 10, 0000 Man this Sunday. The company, from its offices in Los Angeles, also most recently adapted their C4 format Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs for Animal Planet in the U.S.