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Caan (formerly Nazim Khan; born 1960) is a British
entrepreneur of Pakistani origin. He is CEO of
private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw and has
been building and selling businesses since 1985.
In October 2007, Caan joined the panel in the
fifth series of BBC Two's Dragons' Den. Having
founded the Alexander Mann Group in 1985, a recruitment
company with a turnover of £130m and operations
in 50 countries, Caan sold the company in 2002.
Caan also co-founded executive head-hunting firm
Humana International with his partner, Doug Bugie,
growing the business to over 147 offices across
30 countries from 1993-1999.
In 2001 Caan was awarded the 'BT Enterprise of
the Year' award, for outstanding success in business
and having already been a finalist in 2000 he
was named PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Entrepreneur
of the Year' 2003. That same year, having graduated
from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard
Business School, Caan also won the Entrepreneur
category in the Asian Jewel Awards.
Setting up London-based Hamilton Bradshaw in 2004,
the private equity company specialises in buyouts,
venture capital, turnarounds and real estate investments
and development opportunities in both the UK and
Europe, investing up to £10 million in each
Real Deal, the autobiography from Dragons’
Den’s James Caan. James started his business
life in a broom cupboard with no qualifications.
Armed with just his father’s advice, his
own natural charm and a copy of the Yellow Pages,
he built a market-leading business with a turnover
of £130 million and swiftly became one of
Britain's most successful entrepreneurs.
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Den is a venture-capitalist television programme
that originated in Japan where the format is owned
by Sony. The format, which now airs internationally,
consists of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas
in order to secure investment finance from business
experts — the "Dragons".
contestants are usually product designers, who
have what they consider to be a viable and potentially
very profitable business idea, but who lack funding
and direction. They pitch their idea to five rich
entrepreneurial businesspeople, the eponymous
"dragons". They have, before the show,
named an amount of money that they wish to get,
and the rules stipulate that if they do not raise
at least this amount from the dragons, they get
nothing. In return, the contestant gives the dragons
a percentage of the company's stock, which is
the chief point of negotiation.
the contestant has made their presentation, the
dragons then probe the idea further, often revealing
an embarrassing lack of preparation on the part
of the contestants or uncovering troubling facts,
and consequently rejecting the investment. It
is common in a show to see five or six ideas and
only one (or possibly none) that attracts the
Den series have been produced in Japan, the United
Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada,
the Netherlands, Finland and lately Nigeria.
Money no Tora (Money Tiger), this original version
was created by and aired on Nippon Television
from 2001 to 2004. It was the first entertainment
programme in the history of Japanese television
that dealt with the concept of business investment.
During its three year run, as many as 16 business
executives appeared in the programme as Tigers.
the UK, Dragons' Den is broadcast on BBC Two and
is hosted by former BBC economics editor Evan
Davis. The second series ended on 20 December
2005, with a "Where Are They Now" episode,
giving details of the outcomes of some of the
ventures from the first series, shown the following
day. A third series commenced on BBC Two on 3
August 2006. Continuing the trend for the series
finale, another "Where Are They Now"
episode for the third series also aired on 20
September 2006, with a further follow-up episode
broadcasting in October. The programme was nominated
for an RTS award and two BAFTA awards in 2007.
The theme tune and background music of Dragons'
Den were composed by John Watt.
2005 Rachel Elnaugh's company went into administration;
the remaining assets were bought by two of Elnaugh's
fellow Dragons' Den judges (Peter Jones and Theo
Paphitis). Although Elnaugh was at the helm before
and at the time of the company's failure, she
blames the problems on the actions of the last
CEO whom she appointed in 2002, whilst she took
a non-executive role.
a result of disputes with various Dragons, and
the resulting uncomfortable position of the BBC
if it allowed a perceived "failed" business
person to be on a business panel, she agreed to
leave the Dragons' Den panel.
September 2006, in an investigation by the Sunday
Mirror newspaper, it was claimed that most of
the deals were unfulfilled after the programmes
were shot. The article claimed that the Dragons
either pulled out of the deals over minor technicalities,
deliberately offered heavily unfavourable terms
to the entrepreneurs in an effort to make them
withdraw, or simply broke off all contact with
them after the recording. The UK Dragons defended
their record, with Duncan Bannatyne saying: "We
don't hand over money to people who don't tell
the truth.", while Theo Paphitis added: "I
kept up my end of the bargain. The show is not
about a cash prize, it is about us pledging to
invest. But people must tell the truth. Simple."
A BBC spokesman said: "After the initial
agreement is made on camera, both parties enter
a period of due diligence. Sometimes during this
period the deals fall through."In fact, the
BBC has never made a secret of this, with follow-up
programmes openly admitting that many deals ultimately
was announced on 21 May 2007, that Richard Farleigh
had been dropped from the series. The Daily Mail
suggested he may have been dropped in order to
have a new dragon from an ethnic minority. Farleigh
said, "It would be disappointing if that
was the reason - rather than anything fundamental
- if it was because I was the wrong colour. I
don't know why this has happened and I am very
disappointed and bemused - I wasn't expecting
it because all the feedback I got was very positive.
I had even moved back to the UK to focus on commitments
for the show. I am gutted that I have not been
invited back." James Caan, a venture capitalist
and founder of Hamilton Bradshaw, replaced Farleigh
in series five.
Australian version of Dragons' Den was broadcast
on the Seven Network and hosted by Andrew O'Keefe.
Different from other versions, the host ran through
the outline of the business with the contestant
then negotiating with the Dragons for a deal.
It was produced by Michael Horrock. The Australian
* Peter Higgins
* Sarina Russo
* Simon Reynolds
* Darryn Lyons
* Suzi Dafnis
Seven Network announced in December 2005 that
the show would not be back for a second season
after poor ratings.
New Zealand Dragons' Den is broadcast on TV One
and hosted by Rawdon Christie. Initially the UK
and Australian series were broadcast, but a local
version has now been produced and screened in
2006. The series is produced by Eyeworks Touchdown.
The New Zealand Series 1 Dragons are:
* Julie Christie
* Bob Jones
* Annette Presley
* Paul Webb
* Barry Colman
company Eyeworks Touchdown is currently soliciting
applications for a second series of Dragons' Den.
Israel, Dragons' Den is entitled Hakrishim (which
is Hebrew for "The Sharks"). It is produced
by Gil Productions and airs on Channel 10. It
is hosted by Guy Zohar. In the Israeli version,
there are 6 dragons who rotate their appearance
weekly. The first season aired during the summer
and fall of 2006. The dragons in season 1 were:
Ze'ev Holtzman, Israela Shtier, Aviv Tzidon, Oded
Dessau, Jacky Ben-Zaken, and Nir Sharatzki.
second season began airing on Channel 10 on May
24, 2007. As in the first season, the dragons
rotate their appearance weekly. Aviv Tzidon and
Jacky Ben-Zaken returned from the first season
and were joined by the following new dragons:
* Yossi Moldavsky
* Nir Barkat
* Amir Eyal
* Roni Ross
* Amos Luzon
Den first aired in Canada on CBC Television on
October 3rd 2006. Season one featured eight 1-hour
episodes, including a final "where are they
now" edition. Season two expanded this number
to ten 1-hour episodes, with "where are they
now" segments inserted into the last few
episodes of the show. Season three will air in
is hosted by Dianne Buckner. The Dragons are:
* Arlene Dickinson (Season 2&3), the owner
of Venture Communications, a marketing company
with offices across Canada.
* Robert Herjavec (Seasons 1-3), who sold his
IT security firm at the height of the dot-com
bubble for over $100 million.
* Laurence Lewin (Season 1&2), co-founder
of La Senza, a chain of lingerie shops with more
than 310 stores throughout Canada, and, via corporate
licensees, a further 320 stores operating in 30
countries around the world.
* Kevin O'Leary (Season 1-3), co-host of Business
News Network's SqueezePlay, was formerly the President
of The Learning Company, which was sold to Mattel
for $3.7 billion in 1999.
* Jim Treliving (Season 1-3), a former Royal Canadian
Mounted Police officer who now owns Boston Pizza.
In 2005, his restaurants generated well over $500
million in sales.
* Jennifer Wood (Season 1 only), one of the most
influential executives in Canada's beef industry.
Her career in the cattle business began in 1990,
and she now owns a 6,500-acre (26 km2) ranch with
over 20,000 head of cattle.
* W. Brett Wilson (Season 3 only), is a founder
of FirstEnergy Capital Corp. in Calgary, Alberta
and is the current owner of the English football
team Derby County. He is also involved in numerous
charities. He replaces Laurence Lewin.
the Netherlands the show aired in May 2007 on
Nederland 3, every Friday at 20.25 (+1 GMT). The
second season will begin airing in May 2008 on
Nederland 3, every Monday at 21.25 (+1 GMT). As
in the first season, it is hosted by Jort Kelder.
The dragons are:
* Henk Keilman
* Annemarie van Gaal
* Jan Pieter Melchior (2007)
* Willem Sijthoff
* Arjen de Koning
* George Banken (2008)
Finland Dragons' Den is called Leijonan kita.
The show started running in Finland on 27th September
2007 on MTV3 channel. The show is hosted by Anna
Sorainen. The local Dragons, or Leijonat (Lions
in Finnish), are:
* Kyösti Kakkonen
* Eero Lehti
* Toivo Sukari
* Lisa Sounio
* Kaija Ward
the Arab region Dragons' Den is known as Dragons'
Den: Al Aareen (The Den.) It is broadcast on Lebanon's
Future Television, which is available via satellite.
The show receives contestants from various Arab
panel of Dragons for the 2007 series consisted
* Omar Al-Qawqa
* Ahmad Tantash
* Nassif Karam
* Roger Azar
show has been scheduled for a 2008 series.
2008, Television producer Mark Burnett signed
a deal with format holder Sony to produce an American
version of the series. The series on U.S. television
will be titled The Shark Tank.
U.S. network ABC has ordered a pilot show of Shark
Tank which will be produced by Sony Pictures TV.
announcement has yet been made as to when the
series will air or who the Sharks will be.
Irish version of the show is set to be broadcast
this year in Ireland on RTE one or RTE two. (Credit:
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Man has assisted in The Real Deal book campaign