Academy Award-winning documentary producer Richard Klein has joined Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions to head the company’s newly-minted documentary division.
As head of documentaries, Klein (pictured, left) will oversee documentary programming produced for broadcasters based in the UK and internationally.
The award-winning executive has, throughout his career, produced more than 100 documentaries and has previously served as director of factual at UK commercial network ITV between 2013 and 2016. He also held various roles at British pubcaster BBC over a 13-year period, including BBC4 commissioner over a near-five-year period and oversight of the award-winning ‘Storyville’ strand.
Klein’s factual production credits include the Academy Award-winning Man on Wire, The White Season, The Verdict,Traffic Cops, Tribe, Life at the Extreme, Britain From Above, The Choir and Great Ormond Street, among others.
Klein will report directly to Plimsoll CEO Grant Mansfield.
Plimsoll has also expanded its creative team by elevating key executives, including Tom Hugh-Jones, who becomes creative director of natural history.
In his expanded role, Hugh-Jones will develop, executive produce and oversee creative across Plimsoll’s landmark series and lead development in the natural history department. He reports to Martha Holmes, head of natural history.
Hugh-Jones boarded Plimsoll three years ago to serve as showrunner on the forthcoming National Geographic series Hostile Planet. Immediately prior to joining the UK prodco, he series produced the BBC’s natural history juggernaut Planet Earth II, which pulled in massive ratings for the British pubcaster.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Jackson has been lifted to the role of creative finance and commercial director, while Chris Williams has been upped to series producer, the latter of whom is tasked with producing and directing Plimsoll’s fact-ent programming. Jackson reports to COO Christine Owen, and Williams reports to Karen Plumb, head of factual entertainment.
Klein, Hugh-Jones, Jackson and Williams will collectively work out of Plimsoll’s Bristol headquarters.