Virtual Bristol Distinguished Address Series with Grant Mansfield



30th May 2023





This event is part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS). BDAS provides an opportunity to hear unique perspectives and insights from change makers, activists, entrepreneurs and people who have achieved amazing things in Bristol and beyond.

The Plimsoll Story – Carol Vorderman in Conversation with Grant Mansfield, Founder and CEO, Plimsoll Productions and Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios.


18:25 – Join the event online

18:30 – Event starts – welcome and introduction

18:35 – 19:10 – The Plimsoll Story – Carol Vorderman in Conversation with Grant Mansfield, Founder and CEO, Plimsoll Productions and Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios. This element of the event is a recording taken from a recent discussion as part of the 2022 Bristol and Bath Screen Summit.

19:10 – 19:30 – Live audience Q&A session with Grant Mansfield.

About Grant

Grant Mansfield is the Chief Executive and Founder of Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions, one of the largest and fastest growing independent TV production companies in the UK.

Before launching the company, in September 2013, he spent three years in LA as CEO of Zodiak USA, leading a large creative team producing shows for a wide variety of US Networks. Previously, as Managing Director of RDF and, before that, Director of Programmes at Granada TV, Mansfield was the creative lead for two of the UK’s most successful production companies, producing shows as diverse as “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, “Coronation Street”, “Cold Feet”, “Ladette to Lady” and “Secret Millionaire”.

He began his documentary career at the BBC in Bristol where he created and produced some of the Corporation’s most popular documentary series, including “Driving School”, “Vets in Practice” and “War Walks”. At Plimsoll, Grant is a creative lead on many of the company’s shows including “Tiny World” (Apple +), “Hostile Planet” (Disney+) and “Handmade” (Channel 4)

Plimsoll Productions’ rapid growth has been recognised with several national business awards, including the Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Grant Mansfield has also been voted the Daily Telegraph’s SME Business leader of the year and awarded an honorary doctorate by University of the West of England where he is also a Board member and visiting Professor In 2019, Grant led a process to sell a minority stake in Plimsoll to private equity Group LDC and in 2022 he sold a majority stake to ITV in a deal valuing the company at £131 million.

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