Plimsoll Productions: Showcasing international ambition

Minority investment supporting TV production business as it grows natural history and documentary divisions.

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  • Technology, Media, Telecoms

Plimsoll Productions is one of the largest independent television production companies in the UK.

Employees: 80

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  • Development capital
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Headquartered in Bristol, a city that is known as the UK capital for natural-history television industry, Plimsoll Production’s BAFTA, EMMY and Academy Award-winning team specialises in wildlife, documentary, live and factual entertainment shows and it is a global leader in natural-history programmes.

Capturing new growth opportunities

In 2019, we backed Founder Grant Mansfield and his management team in an £80m deal.

For us, this deal is about giving Plimsoll Productions extra support and expertise to build on our success. We will be adding to our creative firepower and aiming to create ever more entertaining and ambitious shows for our clients, and their audiences. LDC is the perfect partner to support our growth plan.”
Grant Mansfield, CEO and Founder
Plimsoll Productions

LDC backs Plimsoll Productions in £80m deal


With LDC’s support and minority investment, Grant and his team are driving the business forward, investing in its natural history and documentary divisions and pursuing further expansion into the US and new global markets.

Also in 2019, Netflix commissioned a new cinematic documentary series from the company, Night on Earth, which uses the firm’s cutting-edge technology to give audiences an unprecedented insight into wildlife activities at night.

Another successful year for Plimsoll, with turnover and profits doubling. What next?  An exciting new partnership with LDC, an alliance I know will drive us to even greater success in a growing TV marketplace.”
Grant Mansfield, CEO and Founder
Plimsoll Productions