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Curve Media, the factual indie behind Discovery’s Salvage Hunters and BBC1’s Our Dementia Choir, has been bought by German company Night Train Media (NTM).

The consolidator, which also owns Eccho Rights and BossaNova Media, has taken a majority stake in Curve, and has also bought out BBC Studios’ minority stake in the indie.

Curve chief executives Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey will retain a significant minority stake.

NTM said the deal will enable Curve to “supercharge its expansion plans, broaden its genre focus and invest deeper into its already sizeable platform and talent pool”.

It will also support further co-productions for its premium factual department led by Sunshine Jackson, which is currently producing feature-length Sky doc The Scream, directed by Jenny Ash.

Curve is on track to deliver more than 20 series in 2022, including Channel 4 series The Greatest Auction and Geordie Hospital and BBC1’s Clean It, Fix It.

The indie posted a 40% growth in the last financial year, with a turnover of £17.6m, according to Broadcast’s 2022 Indie Survey.

It made 125 hours of TV in 2021 and employed 19 people.

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