LONDON — “The Eichmann Show” producer Laurence Bowen has launched scripted production company Dancing Ledge, which has a development deal with “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman. The company is backed by global production and distribution giant FremantleMedia, which has taken a 25% stake.
Bowen, previously co-founder and creative director of Feelgood Fiction, has a dozen projects in the pipeline for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters, including dramas written by “Sherlock” co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss, “Eye in the Sky” screenwriter Guy Hibbert, Chris Lunt, Dan Sefton and John Donnelly, as well as a new limited event series development commission for the History Channel written by Simon Block. Bowen is also developing several scripted ideas with Freeman.
Bowen’s past credits also include “Gates,” “The Hello Girls,” “Stone Scissors Paper,” “Suburban Shootout” and “My Life as a Popat.” Bowen also executive produced U.S. pilots of “Gates” and “Suburban Shootout” for Warner Bros./NBC and HBO, respectively.
Bowen will be adding to the Dancing Ledge team in the coming months.
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO FremantleMedia, said: “Laurence is a hugely talented producer and he has a unique vision which is reflected in a brilliant development slate. Dancing Ledge is a fantastic addition to our creative network and I look forward to working with Laurence in the future.”
Bowen added, “I wanted to work closely with a top international distributor who could provide investment and help grow the new company.”
FremantleMedia has announced a number of investments and acquisitions in the past 12 months in order to grow its global network. These include Israeli outfit Abot Hameiri; Naked Entertainment, Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, Corona Pictures, Dr Pluto and Wild Blue Media in the UK; Dutch producer No Pictures Please; French indies Fontaram and Kwai; scripted producer Wildside in Italy; and the digital media company, Squawka.