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Manchester-based unscripted start-up Salamanda Media has become the 15th company to receive investment from Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund.

The indie, set up by ITV Studios exec Sally Evans and former BBC Studios exec Amanda De Freitas in May last year, specialises in factual entertainment, talent-led factual and formats.

It is currently piloting a daytime format for C4 and has won two commissions from unnamed broadcasters.

Last month, it issued a call for development producers, APs and researchers to help build on its expanding slate.

In December, it was one of 16 out-of-London producers to receive funding from C4’s inaugural Emerging Indie Fund, which replaced the previous Alpha Fund.

Evans said that joining the fund would built on Salamanda’s efforts in establishing a presence amid the pandemic. “When the odds really should have been against us, we’ve accomplished an extraordinary first year,” she said.

The founders have more than 30 years’ combined industry experience.

Evans has executive produced shows such as 63 Up, Gino’s Italian Express and Coastal Lives with Robson Green and her commissions include Last Laugh in Vegas and Absolutely India: Mancs to Mumbai.

As a series producer and former BBC Studios development executive, De Freitas’ credits include I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, Dancing on Ice, Coach Trip and The National Lottery Jet Set.

Salamanda is the second company to receive investment from the fund this month, following scripted indie Paper Entertainment, and it is the seventh to join the funding scheme in the past year.

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