Plimsoll Productions in £80 million deal to grow Natural History production

Producer of Emmy ward winning Hostile Planet signs deal with LDC private equity
13th August 2019

Plimsoll Productions has partnered with private equity firm LDC who has taken a minority stake valuing the company at around £80 million. 

Headquartered in Bristol, Plimsoll is one of the largest independent television production companies in the UK.  Its 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.

Since the business was founded in 2013, Plimsoll has grown rapidly, with a total workforce of more than 400 across its offices in Bristol, Cardiff and Los Angeles. It is behind more than 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films including the Emmy nominated Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls (National Geographic), Yellowstone Live (National Geographic), Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Channel 4), Britain’s Parking Hell (Channel 5), Life at the Extreme (ITV), and Sit Baby Sit (Channel 4).  Plimsoll is also currently producing multiple unannounced series for leading streaming video on demand platforms.

The company distributes to more than 50 countries worldwide through Magnify Media, a company it took a significant stake in three years ago. Today its content is broadcast across more than 70 international territories.  In the financial year ending August 2019, the business is on track to generate sales in excess of £35 million.

CEO Grant Mansfield

LDC is backing Plimsoll’s ambitious management team, led by CEO and Founder Grant Mansfield who said “In little more than five years we have built Plimsoll Productions into one of the leading international production companies… 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.”