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What we do

Plank PR is a communications agency specialising in the publicity of production companies, television programmes and presenters, and their associated merchandise whether it be books, apps, events, products, corporate or charitable associations.

Set up by Director, Louise Plank, in 2005, Plank PR has a team of five publicists who are experienced in providing a comprehensive publicity service. Drafting, coordinating and issuing initial announcements to trade and consumer press; planning strategies across broadcast, print and online media; creating crisis management advice, and providing thorough Q and A briefings, the knowledgeable team implements highly successful campaigns with impactful results.

Our relationships with production companies ensures we deliver confident management of all areas of their commissions, from writing billings and programme information, to liaising with picture desks to ensure that strong episodic and generic pictures are delivered, to securing previews and reviews and wider features and news pieces.

Likewise, we pride ourselves on our relations with broadcasters, from commissioning editors to press office counterparts, we are trusted suppliers of publicity that delivers and communicates key messages effectively and responsibly.

We take duty of care very seriously, whether it’s contributors in documentaries, members of the public who find themselves at the heart of popular programmes, or presenters who may have sensitive issues to deal with in their interviews.

Creative thinking and effectively maximising time to deliver press coverage is also key to the service we offer; we are very familiar working with production companies to create opportunities alongside often complex or dense filming schedules.

Services

Our areas of specialism in programme publicity are as follows; news and current affairs, factual, factual entertainment and features programming.

News & Current Affairs

From live programming which generates news lines including BBC One’s Question Time and The Big Questions, BBC Three’s Free Speech; to topical editions of Panorama and Dispatches including Stephen Lawrence Panorama edition, Tim Lovejoy’s Dispatches edition looking at the issues for single fathers, to fast-turnaround documentaries including Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? and Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter, Plank PR is experienced in managing news lines for press use, guaranteeing appropriate credits to raise awareness of programme content and profile.   

Factual & Documentaries

Plank PR works to promote factual programmes and documentaries on behalf of a production company, broadcaster or the presenters involved. Most recent examples over the past two years include Rape, The Unspeakable Crime for BBC One; Russia on Four Wheels with Anita Rani on BBC Two; I Heart One Direction on Channel 4; Countdown to Murder on Channel 5; BBC One’s Remembrance Week and Discovery’s powerful series James Cracknell’s Unstoppable? Our experience in this area demonstrates our ability to deliver campaigns whilst managing delicate issues and their potential impacts.

Factual Entertainment

MasterChef is the most high profile and long-running factual entertainment programme that Plank PR publicises. Mary Queen of the High Street for Channel 4; Magicians on BBC One; Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford for Discovery Channel; Double Your House for Half Your Money for Channel 4; Superstar Dogs with John Barrowman for Channel 4; Sky 1’s Gregg’s More than Meets the Pie; Channel 5’s World’s Strongest Man; Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three; Traffic Cops and Motorway Cops for BBC One, and the forthcoming BBC Two series Watermen, illustrates the breadth of our experience across all broadcasters. 

Personal PR

Since our foundation we have worked with a wide range of television presenters and experts to maximise their profiles and add value to existing programme publicity or campaigns. Please visit the presenter section for more information on our current roster. 

Food Publicity

One of our key genres of publicity is food programming and its associated products; as a result we have strong relationships with food journalists across all areas of the media – print, broadcast and online. 

As well as promoting 22 series across the MasterChef franchise including MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, Professional MasterChef, Plank PR also works across winners and finalists’ projects including Lisa Faulkner’s number one best-selling book, From My Mother for My Daughter, Shelina Permalloo’s debut cook book, Sunshine on a Plate, MasterChef Champion, Dhruv Baker’s forthcoming book, Spice, the MasterChef Travel tours, and MasterChef’s presence at BBC Good Food Show national events.

Outside the MasterChef associations, Plank PR has also promoted Jimmy Doherty’s programming for the past four years, from his BBC documentaries to his Channel 4 series including Food Unwrapped, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, as well as his Harvest Food and Music Festival. We also covered Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch magazine show as well as chef Simon Rimmer’s personal PR and his forthcoming daytime series, Win It, Cook It. For BBC Two we handled The Chef’s Protégé, and we also work with wine expert, Olly Smith, publicising his products, associations and his recent Travel Channel series, Jenni and Olly’s American Wine Adventure. 

Get in contact

Plank PR
The Courtyard
4 Evelyn Road
London W4 5JL

General Enquiries:
t: 020 8995 3936
@: assistant@plankpr.com

Picture Enquiries:
assistant@plankpr.com

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