Stephane Celerier
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France

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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Studiocanal to Operate Heavy-Hitting Mars Films Library as French Distributor Finalizes Restructuring (EXCLUSIVE)

Studiocanal to Operate Heavy-Hitting Mars Films Library as French Distributor Finalizes Restructuring (EXCLUSIVE)

Mars Films, the Paris-based distribution company that released Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight," has finalized its restructuring plan with minority shareholder Vivendi Content, a branch of Universal Music Group and Canal Plus Group's parent company.Founded by Stephane Celerier and Valerie Garcia in 2007, the once thriving company has been in the process of financial restructuring and monitoring since Aug. 2019.Vivendi, which had acquired a 30% stake in the company back in 2015, will convert its €11.2 million...

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