Grant Mansfield, CEO and Founder of Plimsoll Productions, appointed Visiting Professor at UWE Bristol

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Grant Mansfield, CEO and Founder of Plimsoll Productions, an ITV Studios company, has been appointed a Visiting Professor for the College of Arts, Technology and Environment at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

In his new role Mansfield will be working with the University to help inspire the next generation of programme makers.

He said: “UWE Bristol is a wonderful University where it’s my privilege to serve as a Board Member and now a Visiting Professor. Under Professor West’s leadership, links with employers have been significantly strengthened, benefiting students as they seek employment: in my new role, I hope to highlight pathways, opportunities and the skills required for a career in the creative sector.”

Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, Professor Steve West, added: “We’re honoured Grant is joining us as a Visiting Professor at UWE Bristol; as a Bristolian who has seen worldwide success within his industry his insight and exceptional talent will be invaluable to our students and staff.”

Mansfield founded Plimsoll in 2013 and the company has grown rapidly since with a total workforce of more than 400 across its officers in Los Angeles, Bristol and Cardiff. Plimsoll’s BAFTA, Academy and Emmy Award-winning team specialise in wildlife, documentary, live and factual entertainment shows and is a global leader in natural-history programmes.

It is behind more than 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films, including the James Cameron-executive produced and Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated Super/Natural for (National Geographic/Disney+), Emmy-nominated Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls (National Geographic), Night on Earth (Netflix), Tiny World (Apple TV+), Handmade: Good with Wood(Channel 4), Yellowstone Live (National Geographic),  Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Channel 4), Britain’s Parking Hell (Channel 5), The Women of 9/11 (ABC), Malika the Lion Queen (FOX),  Life at the Extreme (ITV), Sit Baby Sit (Channel 4) as well as the highly anticipated On the Edge with Alex Honnold (Disney+), among many more.

Before launching the company, Mansfield spent three years in Los Angeles as CEO of Zodiak USA where his credits included Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap, Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and Killer Karaoke. Prior, as managing Director of RDF, based in London, credits included Ladette to Lady, Holiday Showdown, Oz and James Big Wine Adventure, Gene Simmons Rock School and Dickinson’s Real Deal, 

Before that, as Head of Programmes at Granada TV, Mansfield was responsible for the launch of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.  He began his career at the BBC, first as a TV news reporter and later as the creator and producer of some of the corporation’s most popular documentary series, including Driving School and the long running Vets in Practice.

Grant Mansfield was also one of one of eleven recipients of Honorary Degrees awarded by UWE Bristol in July 2022.