Plum Productions Expands Creative Team

Plum Productions is pleased to announce the addition of Director Gavin Bowden. He joins the acclaimed roster, which currently includes Eric Saarinen, Jan De Bont, Dana Christaansen, Bob Rice and Jake Schreier. In addition, Plum welcomes Executive Producer Beth Pearson who teams with Shelby Sexton in representing all of the directors in conjunction with its national sales force.

Since joining Plum, Bowden has been working consistently. His first project was for CBS, entitled “The Courier,” which is a seven-segment “mini series” of interstitial commercials sponsored by Pontiac. The series aired on CBS, as well as an online website and cell phones via Verizon Wireless V CAST service. Immediately after “The Courier,” Bowden directed two separate packages for Toyota followed by a commercial for Wal-Mart called “Smile More,” which aired heavily during the Winter Olympics. Bowden is presently in pre-production on another spot for Wal-Mart, which is a continuation of the “Smile” campaign.

Prior to joining Plum, Bowden directed documentaries and numerous music videos for well known artists such as Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Folds, Match Box 20 to mention a few. His success on music videos allowed him to segue into TV commercials directing spots for Nike, Levi’s, GMC, Ford and VH1.

“From the moment I walked into Plum, I had a great feeling about the company,” comments Bowden. “They are very serious about the business, but know how to have fun while doing it. I was very impressed with the work ethic and passion here. Plum has created an elite roster of talented directors, which is supported by an outstanding production team. Joining was a very easy decision for me.”

“For a production company to survive today it is necessary to have a talented director roster backed up by knowledgeable, highly energetic and tenacious executive producers,” comments Sloan. “Fortunately for Plum, Beth Pearson’s decision to make the transition from a long and rewarding career as a Line Producer coincided with our needs. Shelby Sexton suggested we hire Pearson as her co-executive producer. Eric Saarinen and I over the years have both developed a friendship and respect for Beth. Shelby and Beth are a dynamic team that supports each other, as well as the directors they represent.”

Beth Pearson brings 17 years of experience in the production business to her new role as Executive Producer. In tandem with Executive Producer Shelby Sexton, she is responsible for overseeing production, bidding, maintaining key partnerships with clients, creative talent and staffers, and managing the creative and technical needs of all Plum assignments, as well as participating in the strategic planning of the company.

Sexton adds, “Beth became a perfect fit here because she already knew and understood the culture at Plum and, frankly, she’s a blast to be around every day. As for Gavin, we had a trial period where we were able to work with him for a while before making it formal. This gave us a chance to get to know each other and make sure it was a right fit for both him and us, which is a big part of the director/executive producer relationship at Plum.”

Plum Productions is located at 2202 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
T: 310.450.1942. F: 310.450.9424

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