BBC Worldwide has announced that it has now acquired a 25% shareholding in Curve Media following conversion of its start-up funding to equity – in addition to the BBC commercial arm’s five-year distribution agreement last year with the burgeoning factual / factual entertainment independent production company.
Curve Media was formed in September 2014 by Rob Carey and Camilla Lewis, formerly of Cineflix, who have produced and co-produced programmes such as Claimed and Shamed, Salvage Hunters, Trauma Doctors: Every Second Counts and Pet School. Lewis and Carey struck a management buy-out deal with Cineflix to start the indie which is focusing on developing content for channels in the UK and North America.
BBC Worldwide will continue to have a first-look option to acquire global distribution rights (including format rights) in all media for all programmes developed by Curve until 2019.
Mark Reynolds, BBC Worldwide’s Genre Director for Factual, says: “Apart from being a pleasure to work with, Camilla and Rob are two of the most sought-after and innovative producers with a strong track-record in formats and character-led access documentaries. This deeper relationship with Curve supports BBC Worldwide’s commitment to deliver a strong pipeline of high quality British factual entertainment content.”
Rob Carey, joint CEO of Curve Media, commented: “Camilla and I are thrilled to have completed this deal. BBC Worldwide are the perfect partners for Curve Media with their peerless history of nurturing and supporting creative talent. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with them in the future.”
As part of the equity arrangement, BBC Worldwide will also have representation on Curve Media’s board.