Nicolas Chartier

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Nicolas Chartier was born in 1974 and is a French film sales agent and film producer. Chartier is partners with American film producer Dean Devlin in the sales and production company, Voltage Pictures. Voltage's first produced independent feature film was The Hurt Locker (2009) directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film was picked up for wide theatrical release in the United States by Summit Entertainment and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Voltage also produced Dallas Buyer's Club. [1] Chartier previously was head of U.S. sales for Sydney-based Arclight Films.[2]

Chartier had previously cofounded Vortex Pictures for Gold Circle Films.[3] Chartier was a sales agent for the distribution of Academy Award-winning film, Crash, directed by Paul Haggis.

Comments on unions[edit]

In April 2014, Anthony D'Alessandro reported on the Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference for Deadline.com, where Nicolas Chartier appeared on a panel on "indie finance and production". The article reported that unions were cited as the biggest roadblocks to getting independent films made. It quoted Nicolas Chartier as saying, “I get it that stars like Bruce Willis are getting paid the big money, they are the driving force behind these films getting made, but I don’t get the guys who pull cables that make $100,000 a year.” The article also quoted him as having issues with having to deposit money in advance to guarantee residual payments for actors working under SAG-AFTRA agreements and having to do more paperwork. [4]

Academy Award controversy[edit]

In February 2010, Chartier emailed a group of Academy Award voters in an attempt to sway them to vote for The Hurt Locker instead of "a $500M film" (referring to Avatar) for the Best Picture award. He later issued a public apology, saying that it was "out of line and not in the spirit of the celebration of cinema that this acknowledgment is".[5] The Academy banned him from attending the award ceremony, the first time the Academy has ever banned an individual nominee.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TheWrap.com
  2. ^ "Devlin, Chartier Turn on Voltage" by Liza Foreman, The Hollywood Reporter, March 10, 2005
  3. ^ Film Finders Sydney Buzz, April 22, 2003
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Unions Are Biggest Obstacle In Indie Film Production, Film Execs Say". deadline.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Hammond, Pete (2010-02-25). "'Hurt Letter' plot thickens after producer offers mea culpa". Los Angeles Times. Notes on a Season. Archived from the original on February 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  6. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (2010-03-03). "'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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