Plantin puts September on calendar

Exec eyes reality p'gramming push for int'l market

MONTE CARLO — U.K. indie September Films has appointed Marcus Plantin, formerly Granada’s director of entertainment, as its creative director.

Plantin, previously network director at commercial web ITV, will join the company on July 7. He will report to director of programs Sam Brick and chief executive David Green. His goal is to fast-track September into reality entertainment event shows for broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic.

Plantin worked closely with all the U.S. networks during his time at Granada. He set up format think-tank the Greenhouse project to create formats for the U.S. market. The group created “Boot Camp” and “Celebrity Boot Camp” for the Fox network.

September Films has a long-standing relationship with Plantin. As ITV network director, he commissioned September’s first factual entertainment series “Hollywood Women” in 1993 and went on to commission seven more primetime ITV series from the company.

“Marcus’s knowledge and experience of the television entertainment industry both here and in the U.S. is formidable,” said Green. “His passion and commitment to develop and produce big new reality event formats and make new winning programs for September Films will give added momentum to our rapid expansion as a market leader in non-fiction programming worldwide.”

In the U.S., Plantin will work alongside president and COO Sally Miles, who heads September Films’ L.A. office, based at Raleigh Studios. September Films is represented by the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles.

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