In its second such deal in the past week, FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in a new UK indie. Producer Laurence Bowen is hanging scripted shingle Dancing Ledge with investment from the company. Bowen, previously co-founder and Creative Director of Feelgood Fiction, recently produced BBC drama The Eichmann Show which The Weinstein Co acquired in the U.S. Bowen and Dancing Ledge have a development deal with the drama’s star, Martin Freeman.
Based in Notting Hill, Dancing Ledge has a limited event series development commission from the History Channel which Simon Block is writing. Its slate currently consists of a dozen projects for UK and U.S. broadcasters including dramas by Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss; Eye In The Sky writer Guy Hibbert; Prey‘s Chris Lunt; Dan Sefton (Mr Selfridge); and John Donnelly (The Pass).
Bowen’s other credits include comedy series Gates, The Hello Girls and Suburban Shootout. He exec produced the U.S. pilots of Gates and Shootout for Warner Bros/NBC and HBO, respectively.
This is the latest in Fremantle’s acquisition and investment spree over the past year. On June 1, the company said it had taken a 25% stake in former BBC and Studio Lambert exec Gary Hunter’s factual indie, Wild Blue Media. Further evidence of continued consolidation in the UK independent sector is this morning’s news that Sony Pictures TV picked up a minority stake in Blueprint Television.