Plimsoll Productions, the Bristol-based natural history prodco behind titles such as Hostile Planet and Yellowstone Live, has hired former Covert Media executive Saul Goldberg as VP of development and production.
In the role, Goldberg (pictured) will be tasked with running Plimsoll’s Los Angeles office as the company continues to prioritize its expansion efforts throughout the U.S.
In addition, he will be responsible for managing the production label’s stateside slate of factual entertainment and documentary content. He will work closely alongside Plimsoll’s Karen Plumb, head of fact-ent, Richard Klein, head of documentaries, and Andrew Jackson, president of international production and development.
“Saul’s appointment is a clear sign of the increasing importance of our U.S. office,” said Plimsoll CEO Grant Mansfield in a statement. “His experience and connections in the U.S. market will help drive further growth.”
Most recently, Goldberg served as head of unscripted television at film finance company Covert Media (formerly QED International). There, he created two original documentary series for Viceland and developed innovative distribution strategies for a diverse slate of projects. Prior to this, the executive developed the truTV prank series Fameless with David Spade, which he oversaw for Entertainment One.
The appointment follows the news of Plimsoll’s recent US$100 million cash injection from London-based private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the latter of which took a minority stake in Plimsoll.
Plimsoll has expanded rapidly since its founding in 2013, with more than 400 employees working across its offices in Los Angeles, Bristol and Cardiff. It is behind more than 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films, including Channel 4′s Rescue Dog to Super Dog and Sit Baby Sit, Channel 5′s Britain’s Parking Hell and ITV’s Life at the Extreme, among others. Plimsoll also distributes to more than 50 countries worldwide through Magnify Media, a company it took a significant stake in three years ago.