Planet 24

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Planet 24
GenreProduction company
FateMerged with Carlton[1]
United Kingdom
Key people
Bob Geldof[2]

Planet 24 was a television production company,[3] which produced The Big Breakfast and The Word for Channel 4.[4] It had an animation division called Impossible TV, founded in 1997.[5]


Bob Geldof and Tony Boland (television producer) founded Planet Pictures which merged with 24 Hour Productions, headed by Charlie Parsons and Waheed, later Lord Alli. The company was bought by Carlton Communications in March 1999 for £15 million and eventually merged with Carlton Productions, of which Lord Alli became managing director.[6] ITV Studios now own Planet 24, and the company has virtually closed as all Planet 24 productions, have ceased.

Creation of Survivor[edit]

Planet 24 also developed the original concept for Survivor, which was initially called Castaway. Geldof and Parsons met with the BBC to pitch the programme as a reality competition show. However, the BBC, which was intrigued by the concept, instead developed its own competing documentary-style show, Castaway 2000. As a result, Planet 24 had to change the title, and the show was originally produced as Expedition Robinson in Sweden in 1997 before its U.S. success in 2000. When Geldof, Parsons and Lord Alli sold Planet 24 to Carlton, they retained the rights to this program by transferring them to a new company named Castaway Television Productions.[7]

In July 2017, Banijay Group acquired Castaway Television Productions.[8]



  1. ^ "Carlton buys Geldof's TV indie co. Planet 24". Variety. 1999-03-10. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  2. ^ "Entertainment | Geldof's lucrative Planet". BBC News. 1999-03-10. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  3. ^ "The Company File | Carlton buys Planet 24". BBC News. 1999-03-10. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  4. ^ McCann, Paul (1999-03-11). "Geldof and friends split pounds 15m by selling off Planet 24 - News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  5. ^ Gallant, Studio. "Impossible TV - Studio Gallant".
  6. ^ Cohen, Nadia. "Bob Geldof is game show winner | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  7. ^ "Castaway - About us".
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (10 July 2017). "Banijay Raises $416M To Help Finance Acquisition Of 'Survivor's Castaway Prods".

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