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19/01/2023

Plimsoll Productions Appoints Creative Director Of Factual Entertainment

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Plimsoll Productions, part of ITV Studios, has announced the appointment of leading formats and distribution executive Andrea Jackson as Creative Director of Factual Entertainment.

She will report directly to CEO Grant Mansfield and will be joining the Plimsoll executive leadership group.

In her new role, Jackson will develop, package and serve as executive producer across formats and factual content. She has a long history with the company, transitioning from her role at Magnify Media, the independent distribution house she founded, led and sold to Plimsoll in 2020.

Establishing Magnify Media in 2015, Andrea collaborated with rights owners and built a carefully curated catalogue of content across all unscripted and scripted genres and formats to license to networks and streamers throughout the global market, including Netflix, Disney+, discovery+, SVT, TV2 Denmark, SBS Broadcasting, Nippon, BBC, France Television, TVNZ, Foxtel and more. Through the acquisition deal with Plimsoll, Magnify Media continued to operate under Jackson as an independent business with amplified resources, infrastructure and content, becoming one of the most dynamic distributors in the industry and boasting titles such as Malika: The Lion Queen (FOX), My Unique B & B (BBC1), The Women of 9/11 (ABC), Marcus Wareing: Tales from the Kitchen Garden (BBC), Handmade: Good with Wood (Channel 4), Doctors Vs Internet (NRK), Love Raft (DR), Fittest Family (RTÉ), Master Cleaners (TV2 Denmark), among more.

As part of Plimsoll Production’s acquisition by ITV Studios, Magnify Media will fully integrate to the ITV Studios distribution business in 2023.

Prior to launching Magnify Media, Jackson spent eight years as Managing Director of Acquisitions and Formats for DRG, which was sold to MTG. There, she worked on global format hits, including The Farm and The Bar, and with several dozen production companies to cultivate their slates for international opportunities. Jackson also grew the company’s format business with titles such as 15 to 1, Don’t Tell the Bride and Doc Martin. Previously, she co-founded and served as Managing Director of Zeal Entertainment, which was acquired by DRG. At Zeal, she ran the international business and secured the rights to the live event Miss World – one of the most widely distributed global events – and The Singing Bee, which was licensed to 35 global territories.

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