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‘Bates Motel’s’ Freddie Highmore and Kerry Ehrin Sell Drama Pilot to A&E (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety logo Variety 12/16/2016 Debra Birnbaum
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Goodbye, Mother — hello, Baby Face.

With A&E’s hit series “Bates Motel” winding down, executive producer Kerry Ehrin and star Freddie Highmore (“Norman Bates”) are charting their next steps: they’ve sold a new drama pilot to A&E.

Ehrin and Highmore are co-writing “Baby Face,” with Highmore attached to star. Both will serve as executive producers.

“Baby Face,” based on a idea by Highmore, is the love story of a young couple rallying against the establishment in the throes of the Great Depression — one of whom happens to be “Baby Face” Nelson. The drama will chronicle his season-by-season rise from a small-time bootlegger and bank robber in Chicago to Public Enemy Number One, and ultimate death at the age of 25.

The duo, who are currently in production on the fifth and final season of “Bates Motel,”wrote a comedy pilot together back in 2014 for NBC set in the world of venture capitalism. Highmore has also written a few episodes of “Bates” as well, and has spent significant time in the writers room. He is currently directing an episode of “Bates” this season. Ehrin, who runs “Bates Motel” along with Carlton Cuse, previously wrote for “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.”
“Baby Face” hails from Universal Television.
Ehrin is repped by The Rothman Brecher Agency. Highmore is repped by ARG and UTA.

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