Stephane Celerier
Courtesy Stéphane Célérier
France
2018

Mars Films

Stephane
Celerier

Chairman / CEO

While it isn’t vertically integrated like Pathé or Gaumont, Célérier’s France-headquartered Mars Distribution has managed to become a key purveyor of upscale American and British independent movies directed by a wide range of auteurs, including Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”). In 2015, he sold a 30 percent stake to Vivendi and then became vice president of Studio-Canal while remaining fully involved in Mars. Since then, he has ventured into film production and scored with local movies such as Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Bélier” and Hugo Gelin’s feel-good “Two Is a Family.” Célérier is now working on Mars’ first English-language production with “Destiny,” a female-driven saga.

Career

  • TWO IS A FAMILY
  • LA FAMILLE BéLIER
  • 8 WOMEN

Education

  • Paris Dauphine University (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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The past year has been a busy one for Stephane Celerier. Not only did his first co-production, Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier,” lead France’s Mars Distribution to new box office heights, becoming the highest-grossing French film of 2015, with 7.5 million tickets sold (an approximate $50 million gross), but he was also tapped as VP of Studiocanal in September, when the Gallic giant bought a 30% share in the indie powerhouse.Mars, which Celerier helped launch in 1998 as a distribution...

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