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Celador is a global light entertainment company originally formed as an independent production company in 1983. It has produced a number of popular light entertainment shows and is one of the best known for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and co-producing the film Slumdog Millionaire which collected seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and eight Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture in 2009.[1]

Celador owns eighteen UK radio stations as of March 2013.

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


Celador was originally taken over by Complete Communications, which bought out shareholders including Paul Smith CBE and Jasper Carrott. Under the ownership of Complete, Celador expanded its fledgling radio, film and international businesses. Later, Complete Communications announced its intention to sell the company. Around the same time as the sell off of Celador International and the rights and associated properties of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to Dutch group 2waytraffic, Celador Productions' management completed a buy out of the company.

In 2006, Celador offered the rights and UK programme library of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for sale, with a view toward the eventual sale of other parts of the business.[2] In 2004 Celador took legal action against Disney for what it claimed were unpaid profits from Disney’s screening of the programme in the US. At a trial by jury in Los Angeles in June 2010 the jury awarded Celador $269m (£177m) in damages after ruling it failed to receive a fair share of profits.[3]

Celador Entertainment[edit]




Slumdog Millionaire the Musical is currently in production for launching in London's West End in 2012.

Celador Radio[edit]

The current portfolio of stations is:

The Breeze Network[edit]

Sam FM Stations[edit]

Other stations[edit]


Paul Smith CBE, is Chairman of Celador Entertainment Limited which is the umbrella company for Celador Films, Celador International Licensing, Celador Radio, Celador Theatrical and LUSAM

Following the new structure of Celador's previous constituent divisions, Celador 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, of which Paul Smith is a Director.


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  14. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film at Golden Globes – North America, World". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Philippe Naughton 17 October 2011 10:46 am. "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  16. ^ http://radiotoday.co.uk/2012/05/celador-launches-jack-fm-in-swindon/ Radio Today: Celador launches Jack FM in Swindon. 28 May 2012

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