Following press reports regarding the sale of Castaway Television Productions Ltd, owners of the global rights to the hit television format Survivor, its board of directors can confirm an agreement has been reached in order to sell the company. Completion of the sale is subject to competition legislation.
The owners of Castaway Television Productions, Bob Geldof KBE, Lord Waheed Alli and Charlie Parsons have signed an agreement with the media group Banijay and its shareholders for the sale of the company. Banijay will add Survivor (known in some markets as Robinson and Koh Lanta) to its catalogue of international formats.
Charlie Parsons said “We have had an amazing 20 year journey with Survivor which began in my head in the early 1990s, beginning on Swedish TV in 1997 and is now one of the most successful TV shows in the world. It’s hard to believe that back there were so few people who “got” the idea of what would become reality TV. Survivor changed TV forever because it was the first reality TV show.
We firmly believe that Banijay will take it to another level and we believe it is in the best interests of the show and Survivor fans everywhere.”
After completion of the sale, Charlie Parsons would still be Executive Producer on the US version of the show whose 34th season premiered on CBS on March 8th - the day of the signing of the sale.
He says: “As the creator of the show, it’s very hard to move on completely so I’m delighted that I’m still going to be a bit involved even though the rights are going to be owned and handled by Banijay.”