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Charlie Parsons

Charlie Parsons

He devised and launched some of British television's most ground breaking shows. He has revolutionized, late night, morning, youth and prime time programming with innovative and consistently successful shows, including," The Word", "Hotel Babylon", "The Big Breakfast", and "Survivor".

He is Chief Executive Officer of Castaway Television Productions Ltd, which controls all aspects of the "Survivor" businesses worldwide, including format sales and merchandising. His awards include, 2 Emmys, Royal Television Society, BAFTA, Gold Hugo, Monitor, and RICS award.

In 1991 he set up Planet 24 with his co directors at Castaway Television Productions (Bob Geldof, and Waheed Alli). Planet 24 was sold to Carlton Television in 1999.

He produced the successful Take That musical Never Forget in London's West End and writes an occasional column for the Financial Times.

Last year he set up Charlie Parsons Creative a company specialising in investing and developing new companies, especially in media.

Charlie is back looking for the 'next big idea' at

Lord Waheed Alli

An extremely successful businessman who has been involved in all aspects of the British media business.

He is a co-director of Castaway Television Productions, which controls all aspects of the "Survivor" format sales worldwide, and all its ancillary businesses.

In 1991 he set up Planet 24 with his co directors at Castaway Television Productions (Bob Geldof, and Charlie Parsons). Planet 24 was the most high profile British television Production companies making many successful shows, and was sold to Carlton Television in 1999.

In 1998 he was appointed as a working Labour peer, and is active in The House of Lords.

He is also a trustee of The Elton John Aids Foundation, and vice president of UNICEF.

Bob Geldof KBE

An internationally renowned businessman, singer/songwriter, and charity campaigner.

One of the directors of Castaway Television Productions, and a joint owner of the "Survivor" format.

He also co-founded Planet 24 with Charlie Parsons and Waheed Alli. Planet 24 was Britain's most high profile independent television company, with an unparalleled record of creating ground breaking successful television shows.

Well known for his charity work, he set up "Band Aid" in 1984, a charity for victims of famine in Africa, and organised "Live Aid" still one of the biggest live media events ever. He has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize 3 times, and has received a knighthood, and an EC gold medal.

Music has always been an intrinsic part of his life, both as a solo artist and as lead singer of The Boomtown Rats.

Creative awards include, Ivor Novellos, Grammies, Brits, Bafta, the Royal Society, and Peabody awards.

Jane Isaacs

Jane Isaacs

Jane is responsible for legal and Business Affairs at Castaway Television Productions Ltd and has over 15 years experience in the British television industry.

1987 - 1989 In practice at the English Bar.

1989 - 1992 London Weekend Television.

1992 - 2000 Granada

2000 - Set up a consultancy company giving business affairs and commercial advice to the television industry.

Jane has been with Castaway Television since 2000 working on format sales and business affairs.

Julia Dick

Julia Dick

With 20 years experience in worldwide commercial markets Julia is responsible for Business Development at Castaway Television Productions Ltd.

1985 - 1991 Responsible for brand management and buying for a division of one of the UK's largest retailers - Storehouse PLC.

1991 - 1995 Walt Disney Company working on European markets.

1995 - 1999 MTV Europe set up and ran ancillary business for European markets.

1999 - Set up a consultancy business advising such clients as MTV, Virgin Group of companies, and Lego.

Julia is responsible for format development, ancillary business and production consultancy and has been with Castaway since 2000.