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Celador is an entertainment company originally formed in 1981 as a UK independent television production company. It created and produced a number of popular light entertainment shows and is best known for the TV format Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and the film Mahal Kita: Final Answer! & Slumdog Millionaire, which, in 2009, collected seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and eight Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture.[1]

Celador owns twenty UK commercial radio stations.

The name Celador is a re-spelling of "cellar door", a phrase whose sound is often noted to be particularly euphonious.


Celador was founded by Paul Smith CBE and included Jasper Carrott as one of its founder shareholders. After establishing itself as a leading UK production company it expanded into TV format licensing, film production and radio station ownership and operation. In 2006, Celador International and the rights and associated properties of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? were acquired by Dutch group 2waytraffic, eventually becoming part of Sony Pictures Television. Celador Productions' management completed a buy out of the company, re-named it to CPL, before becoming a division of Prosieben's Red Arrow Studios.

In 2004, Celador commenced legal action against The Walt Disney Company for what it claimed were unpaid profits from Disney's licensing of the programme in the US. At a trial by jury in Los Angeles in June 2010, Celador was awarded $269m (£177m) in damages after ruling it failed to receive a fair share of profits.[2]

Celador Entertainment



Celador Radio

The current portfolio of stations comprises:

The Breeze Network

Sam FM Stations

Anglian Radio Network

Other stations


Paul Smith CBE, is Chairman of Celador Entertainment Limited which is the parent company for Celador Films, Celador Radio, Celador Theatrical and Lusam Music.

Following the new structure of Celador's previous constituent divisions, Celador Productions, (renamed CPL Productions) is now run by managing director (since 2003) Danielle Lux. Christian Colson left Celador Films as Managing Director in 2009 to form Cloud Nine Films, now renamed Cloud Eight Films.

Ellis Watson, CEO until 2003.


  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/awards
  2. ^ Pettersson, Edvard (7 July 2010). "Disney Loses 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Trial". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Golden glory for Slumdog Millionaire – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australia: ABC. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire, Kate Winslet are giant winners at Golden Globes – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News". Canada: CBC. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  5. ^ "South Asia | Slumdog Millionaire sweeps Globes". BBC News. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ Film (11 January 2009). "Is Slumdog Millionaire movie set for Golden Globe glory?". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire bags top slots at Critics' Choice Awards". The Indian Express. India. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  9. ^ "'Slumdog Millionaire' wins top honor at Globes – Marketing and Media". livemint.com. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ http://radiotoday.co.uk/2012/05/celador-launches-jack-fm-in-swindon/ Radio Today: Celador launches Jack FM in Swindon. 28 May 2012

External links

  • Celador Entertainment
  • The Breeze
  • Sam FM
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