Nicolas Chartier was born in 1974 and is a French film sales agent and film producer. Chartier founded Voltage Pictures, an International financing, sales and production operation, with American film producer Dean Devlin in 2005. In March 2015, industry veteran, Jonathan Deckter joined Voltage as a partner and is currently serving as president and COO. In 2011, Chartier partnered with longtime Hollywood Gang executive Craig Flores to form Voltage Productions, an offshoot of Voltage Pictures aiming to generate films in the $15M-$40M budget range.
Nicolas has handled over 150 movies in the past 10 years. Voltage's first produced independent feature film was The Hurt Locker (2009) directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, and Guy Pearce. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning six, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. The film was picked up for wide theatrical release in the United States by Summit Entertainment. Killer Joe was Voltage’s second in-house film, directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, which was released by LD Entertainment. Shortly after Nicolas produced Dallas Buyer's Club.  which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won three for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Make-Up. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, starred Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. It also won 2 Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. To date, Voltage’s films have been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and won 9 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes.
Nicolas went on to produce "The Company You Keep", directed by Robert Redford and starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie and Brit Marling which premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. More recently Nicolas executive produced "Charlie Countryman" directed by 4-time nominated DGA director Frederik Bond, starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood. He also produced "Don Jon", directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore. Nicolas’ latest productions are "Good Kill", written and directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, and "Fathers and Daughters", starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, and Diane Kruger and directed by Gabrielle Muccino. He also produced "Keep Watching" starring Bella Thorne. The film was recently acquired by Screen Gems, who picked up the rights for the US and much of the world. Nicolas is also the Producer of "I.T." directed by John Moore and starring Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Scott which is currently in post-production and Executive Producer on "A Tale of Love and Darkness", written, directed and starring Natalie Portman which premiered in the Special Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Prior to forming Voltage, Chartier was VP of sales and acquisitions at Myriad Pictures. He has been involved in the sales of a diverse range of films there such as "The Good Girl" and "Van Wilder". As the president of Vortex Pictures, he sold titles such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and Nicolas Cage’s "Sonny". As head of sales and acquisitions at Arclight Films, Chartier acquired Dean Devlin’s "The Librarian", 2006 Academy Award winner "Crash" and "The Matador" starring Pierce Brosnan. During his time at Arclight, Chartier also sold "Lord of War" starring Nicolas Cage and "The Merchant of Venice" starring Al Pacino.
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/Executive Producer
- Keep Watching (2015)
- Fathers and Daughters (2015)
- Good Kill (2014)
- Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
- Charlie Countryman (2013)
- Don Jon (2013)
- The Company You Keep (2012)
- Killer Joe (2011)
- The Hurt Locker (2009)
- Film Finders Sydney Buzz, April 22, 2003
- "Devlin, Chartier Turn on Voltage" by Liza Foreman, The Hollywood Reporter, March 10, 2005
- 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.
- Zeitchik, Steven (2010-03-03). "'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-06.