A co-founder and former MD of Matchbox Pictures and an ex-FremantleMedia Australia executive have launched a production company

Helen Bowden, who departed NBCUniversal-owned Matchbox last year, and Jason Stephens, who was creative director and director of development at FremantleMedia for 10 years, are partners in Lingo Pictures.

Their Sydney-based outfit will create scripted and unscripted content for both the local and international markets.

“We aim to build strong partnerships and new business models, while putting together an ambitious production slate,” the duo said.

Bowden, whose credits include The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story and Devil’s Playground, is the MD and Stephens (Mr and Mrs Murder, Devil’s Dust, Better Man) is creative director.

The two had not met until last year, realised they had similar goals and began discussing a partnership in February. By July they figured out it was the right fit.

Bowden said they expect to announce their first production in the coming weeks.

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