FremantleMedia Takes Stake in Scripted Indie Dancing Ledge


LONDON: Laurence Bowen, whose credits include The Eichmann Show and Gates, is launching the new scripted indie Dancing Ledge, with investment from FremantleMedia.

FremantleMedia has taken a 25-percent stake in the company. Bowen, previously co-founder and creative director of Feelgood Fiction, is setting up new offices in Notting Hill. Dancing Ledge already has projects in the works with some British writers and a development deal with Martin Freeman. The roster includes dramas by Mark Gatiss, 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.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of 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’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Cecile and her team at FremantleMedia. I wanted to build on the success of The Eichmann Show internationally and work closely with a top international distributor who could provide investment and help grow the new company. Dancing Ledge is only ever going to be as good as the writers it works with and we are lucky enough to be already working with some of the very best in the U.K.”