WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE LOOK LIKE

LAURENCE BOWEN
CEO

Laurence Bowen is a multi BAFTA Award winning and Emmy nominated Producer who most recently executive producedThe Salisbury Poisonings for BBC1, the UK episodes of The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, Porters for UKTV/Dave and The Eichmann Show for BBC2 starring Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia and Rebecca Front. He was presented with the Monte Carlo International Producer Of The Year Award, has won RTS, Broadcast and Chicago Film Festival Awards, received Prix Jeunesse, Rose D’or, Emmy and BANFF nominations and last year won The Japan Prize.

His work includes Suburban Shootout (starring Tom Hiddleston, Ruth Wilson, Anna Chancellor, Amelia Bullmore and Felicity Montagu), Stone Scissors Paper (starring Juliet Stevenson and Ken Stott), Dual Balls (starring Lesley Manville), Gates (starring Tom Ellis, Joanne Page and Sue Johnston), Miranda (starring Christina Ricci, John Simm, John Hurt, Kyle MacLachlan and Julian Rhind-Tutt), My Life As A Popat (starring Kulvinder Ghir and Shaheen Khan) and The English Harem (starring Art Malik and Martine McCutcheon).

Suburban Shootout, Gates and My Life As A Popat were all acquired for US versions by HBO, Warner Brothers/NBC and Nickelodeon, which Bowen went on to Executive Produce.

His Unmade Movies season of productions of lost screenplays by the greatest writers of the Twentieth Century broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016. James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Hugh Laurie, David Suchet and Rebecca Front starred in pieces by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Harold Pinter, Ernest Lehman and Arthur Miller. Directed by Richard Eyre, Jamie Lloyd, Mark Gatiss, Joanna Hogg and Adrian Noble.

CHRIS CAREY
MD

Chris is one of the UK’s leading Drama Producers, responsible for, amongst others, Les Miserables (dir. Tom Shankland, starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Lily Collins) for BBC1 and PBS/Masterpiece, Apple Tree Yard (dir. Jessica Hobbs, starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin) for BBC1, River (dir. Richard Laxton, starring Stellan Skarsgard, Nicola Walker and Lesley Manville) and Run (dir. Charles Martin, starring Olivia Colman and Lennie James) for C4.

In an earlier life he was the Executive Producer of the Worlds First Arabic Webdrama Shankaboot, helping to create the multi-award winning 50+ episode Beirut based short form series, and developed and produced Dirk Gently (dir. Damon Thomas, starring Stephen Mangan) for the BBC and the cult comedy series ‘This is Jinsy with his former company ‘The Welded Tandem Picture Company’ for SKY

In an even earlier life he worked in the fields of Factual and Entertainment as an Executive Producer, Series Producer and Producer/Director for ITV Studios where he made a wide variety of shows. His first network TV Credit, and still one which he’s singularly proud, was directing the holiday insert films in Cilla Black’s Blind Date.

TOBY BRUCE
Head of Development

Before coming to Dancing Ledge, Toby spent nearly a decade in entertainment and children’s TV, working with a range of talent across a variety of formats and culminating in 2 years as a Producer at CBBC.

After moving into drama, he script-read for Kudos, Big Talk, Cowboy Films, Wall to Wall, Altitude Films and Euston Films and was Shadow Script-Editor on the 2015 Channel 4 Screenwriting Course, working closely with writers James Fritz, Phoebe Éclair-Powell and Rachel Matthews. He has since researched for playwrights David Greig and David Harrower and developed several projects for Unigram Films.

BETH WARIN
Development Executive

Beth joined the team in October 2017 after working on the PR, production and agency sides of the TV business. She was also a Freelance Script Reader for various companies, including Pinewood Studios. She studied Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

She’s the first port of call for new submissions and loves working with new talent. She works across the whole slate and manages the various schemes Dancing Ledge runs for emerging screenwriters.

Jessica Moens
Researcher

Jess caught the research bug early on, interning at the Centre of Legal Medicine in Leige, Belgium, diving straight into the strange world of autopsies and evidence gathering at the age of 18. She followed this up with a Law degree from UCL which she put to use by working as a Housing Law Paralegal at the Brixton Advice Centre. This is where she also put into practice much of the political thinking she developed during her Msc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at LSE. After several years in the charity sector she moved from representing people in the courtroom to representing people on screen by working as a development researcher for the BAFTA award-winning documentary production company Insight TWI. There she was able to hone her journalistic skills and employ all four of the languages she speaks. During this time she started her move to scripted by becoming a reader for book-to-film scouts, Dialogue. She then worked as a freelance researcher on several projects for Sister until she finally found her place at Dancing Ledge in 2019.

Fee Craig
Team Coordinator

Over the past ten years, Fee has worked across the creative industry in various capacities, having gained experience in publishing, casting, advertising, post production and production. With a true passion for the written word and an allergy to typos, Fee has found her calling in scripted development and joined the team here at Dancing Ledge. Fee was once paid £100 to dress up as Rebekah Brooks and show up outside the Leveson Inquiry, which resulted in her being papped and printed on Page 6. It remains one of her proudest achievements to date.

DILLION MAPLETOFT
Writer in Residence

Dillon is a young screenwriter specialising in comedy. He’s previously been selected for a BBC comedy writers’ development programme, written comedy for BBC3 Online and BBC Radio 4, and currently has comedy projects in development with the likes of Eleven, Big Talk, JAX, Baby Cow and Objective. Recently, he has written additional material for Armando Iannucci’s much-anticipated new HBO comedy series, AVENUE 5, working alongside a team of Emmy Award-winning writers. He has previously worked as Armando Iannucci’s Assistant across both his film and TV slate and is a former president of the Cambridge Footlights.

Associates

PETER ETTEDGUI
Development Consultant

As a development consultant, Peter has worked with a number of clients including Warp, 42/Between the Eyes, Passion Pictures, Harbour Pictures as well as a long-standing association with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli at Eon Productions, which has included developing a slate of non-Bond projects and most recently working on Spectre with screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes.

As a filmmaker, his work includes the documentaries Rising Phoenix and McQueen, both of which he co-directed, Vigo (dir Julien Temple, with James Frain and Romane Bohringer), the Bafta-nominated Onegin (dir Martha Fiennes, starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler) and several feature documentaries for Passion Pictures, most recently Listen to Me Marlon (dir Stevan Riley), about the life and work of Marlon Brando, which won for best writing at the International Documentary Awards, as well as receiving a Peabody Award, and Bafta and Emmy nominations.

As a producer, his work includes Kinky Boots with Harbour Pictures for Miramax which went on to become a Tony-winning Broadway and West End musical.

Peter is passionate about education and training, and has worked variously as visiting lecturer, tutor and external examiner on MA courses at University of Westminster, London International Film School and Royal Holloway University of London. He has also mentored on a number of industry schemes including Microwave, iFeatures, The Bureau’s SOS, LFS Hothouse, Filmonomics,  NFM’s Rise programme, Creative England’s Market Trader and EIFF Connections.

SIMON VYVYAN
Legal Business Affairs

Simon has specialised exclusively in the television sector since 1993 and his expertise covers all programming genres and all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Simon trained and qualified as a lawyer with Reed Smith LLP after which he joined Granada Television Productions. He gained an MBA in 2001 and soon after he was invited to join the Shine launch team. After a three-year involvement at Shine, Simon left in 2004 to establish Industry Media, a successful business & commercial affairs consultancy subsequently acquired by the James Grant Group in 2012.

Since 2015, Simon has been providing business affairs services to television producers through his new consultancy (www.TVA.media) and his most recent credits in Drama & Comedy include The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special (BBC1), The Young Offenders (BBC3) and I Am (C4). For Dancing Ledge, he has assisted on Porters (UKTV) and The Salisbury Poisonings (BBC1) and advised on the company’s launch in 2016.

TOM GILLESPIE
Business & Legal Affairs

Tom has a broad range of UK and international experience in the media industry and is a specialist in the financing, development, production and distribution of content in the UK television sector. He has been part of TVA since November 2016 and, for Dancing Ledge, he has assisted on Porters (UKTV), The New Pope (Sky Atlantic and HBO) and The Salisbury Poisoning (BBC 2). He is heavily involved in every aspect of our development slate and has also helped us collaborate successfully with our distribution partner, FremantleMedia. Prior to TVA, Tom worked in the International Legal Affairs department at Deutsche Telekom UK (T-Mobile) and as Director of Business Affairs at Smith Dehn LLP, a law firm specialising in film and television. Tom is qualified as a lawyer in both Ireland and England & Wales having trained at Eversheds Sutherland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has also completed a post-graduate course (Law and Business of Film and Television) at the University of Ulster.

Mark Hopkins
Finances

Following six years at KPMG, mostly specialising in Film production, Mark moved to a film company (Entertainment Film Distributors) for a year and then into the world of television production and post production with the Celador Group of companies, acting as Group Financial Controller, Finance Director and Senior Production accountant across the Group companies Complete Video and The Edit Works (post production) and Celador Productions (TV production).  During his 19 years with the Group, during which the company grew massively with the success of their biggest production “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”, Mark also became the Group General Manager & COO.

At the time of the sale of “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”, Mark created We’ll Mind Your Own Business Ltd in order to look after clients in the TV and Film production industry who needed back office support on a flexible basis, and continues to provide senior production accounting and FD services within the industry.