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Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has joined the board of natural history giant Plimsoll Productions.

As part of his responsibilities, Rees will provide strategic advice to chief executive Grant Mansfield and the board, on matters such as commercial opportunities, talent, diversity and sustainability.

Rees was instrumental in bringing one of Channel 4’s regional hubs to the city, in which the Bristol-based Plimsoll also played a key role.

Rees founded the City Leadership Programme in 2012, which invests in the personal development and training for future leaders, while providing work experience opportunities for over 3,500 children.

“Plimsoll has a well-deserved reputation for making ground-breaking programmes through creative partnerships, distributed through new platforms,” said Rees.

“I’ve also been very impressed by the company’s commitment to inclusion, opening the doors of opportunity to talent from a wider range of backgrounds. It’s the commitment to excellence, success and values that I believe makes Plimsoll such a stand-out company.”

“Marvin is a dynamic leader who shares our ambitions and values: we both want to see Plimsoll and Bristol continue to grow its national and international reputation as a centre of creative excellence, fuelled by a diversity of local talent,” added Mansfield.

Plimsoll has been scaling up its activities over the last month, following its investment by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Bank, which valued the business at over £80m.

Recently, the company completed its acquisition of distributor Magnify Media, opening up a sales division within the company.

The indie has projected to nearly double in size in the next year with more than 20 series in production. It has scored high-profile SVoD commissions including Tiny World from Apple TV+ and Netflix series Night On Earth.