Chartier was once the head of U.S. sales for Sydney-based Arclight Films.
Comments on unions
In April 2014, Anthony D'Alessandro reported on the Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference for Deadline Hollywood, 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.
Academy Award controversy
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." The Academy banned him from attending the award ceremony, the first time the Academy has ever banned an individual nominee.
Filmography as producer
- The Headhunter's Calling (2016)
Justification of BitTorrent user lawsuit
In 2010, he created some controversy after once again sending an abrasive letter to a person criticizing him for a plan to sue BitTorrent users that shared his movie. This was featured on the widely read blog BoingBoing. The letter went on to call the author of the original email a "moron", wished him to have his house robbed, and continued to say "I hope your family and your kids end up in jail one day for stealing".
This lawsuit, and the one initiated by his production company Voltage Pictures for the prior film Far Cry, are now being contested by the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the grounds that it violates personal jurisdiction laws, lack of evidence, and improper joinder. CNET featured an article about one of the people who received a formal demand for cash in which the man (who claims to have never downloaded the film or even know how to secure his own router) described the suit as "an obvious intimidation scam".
- ""Devlin, Chartier Turn on Voltage" by Liza Foreman, The Hollywood Reporter, March 10, 2005".
- D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Unions Are Biggest Obstacle In Indie Film Production, Film Execs Say". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Hammond, Pete (25 February 2010). "'Hurt Letter' plot thickens after producer offers mea culpa". Los Angeles Times. Notes on a Season. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
- Zeitchik, Steven (2010-03-03). "'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- Xeni Jardin (18 May 2010). "Hurt Locker producer: criticizing our lawsuits makes you a moron and a thief". Boing Boing. Happy Mutants. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- "Hurt Locker producer: criticizing our lawsuits makes you a moron and a thief / Boing Boing". www.boingboing.net.
- "ACLU, EFF seek to "sever" gigantic P2P lawsuits".
- "'Hurt Locker' sharers: Expect docs like this (photos)". 28 December 2010.