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Plimsoll Productions: Showcasing international ambition

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

Sector
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms

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

Deal type
  • Development capital
Deal value

£80m

Headquartered in Bristol, a city that is known as the UK capital for natural-history television industry, Plimsoll Productions’ 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

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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.

In 2020 Plimsoll ranked 3rd in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100, the business was praised for producing more than 14 live shows and 50 TV series for main UK broadcasters, streaming platforms including Netflix and Apple TV+, and American networks such as Discovery Channel.

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

In September 2020 Plimsoll acquired specialist distribution and rights management company Magnify Media. The company represents titles from rights owners ranging from Argonon and Rare TV, to broadcasters such as NRK and YLE. The acquisition will enable Plimsoll and Magnify to share resources and further accelerate their growth plan.

In October 2020 former US talent agent and unscripted TV dealmaker Mark Itkin joined the board of Plimsoll. Mark will advise on strategy across the group, with a focus on creating and packaging non-scripted content for the US.

I am very impressed by this dynamic company and what they have accomplished in such a short period of time, and am eager to further expand their US footprint.”
Mark Itkin, Board Member
Plimsoll Productions

Plimsoll Productions produced ‘Tiny World’, an Apple TV+ series which gives viewers a unique perspective into the natural world, illuminating the ingenuity and resilience of some of the planet’s smallest creatures. Take a look at the trailer below.

Awards

Deal of the Year

South West Insider Dealmakers 2020

Company of the Year

South West Insider Dealmakers 2020

Profit Track 100 (Ranked 3rd)

The Sunday Times, 2020