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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 Slumdog Millionaire which, in 2009, collected seven BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and eight Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture.[1]

IndustryTelevision, film and theatre production, music publishing, radio station operation
FoundedDecember 1981; 37 years ago (1981-12)
FounderPaul Smith CBE
Area served
United Kingdom and overseas
BrandsWho Wants to Be a Millionaire? Slumdog Millionaire The Descent
ServicesTelevision production
Broadcast syndication
Light entertainment
Motion picture production
Commercial radio
Music publishing
Mobile entertainment
OwnerPaul Smith CBE
SubsidiariesCelador Films
Celador Theatrical Productions
Lusam Music Edit this on Wikidata

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[clarification needed] 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 EntertainmentEdit

Celador RadioEdit

Celador previously owned twenty-seven UK commercial radio stations including The Breeze and Sam FM networks and Fire Radio. In January 2017 Celador Radio acquired Anglian Radio’s five stations (North Norfolk Radio, Radio Norwich, The Beach, Town 102 and Dream 100) which broadcast across the Anglian region. In 2019 Celador Radio disposed of its entire radio division to Bauer Media.

The final portfolio comprised the following radio stations, which were sold to Bauer Radio in February 2019.

The Breeze NetworkEdit

Sam FM StationsEdit

Anglian Radio NetworkEdit

Other stationsEdit


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.


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  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". 12 January 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ Radio Today: Celador launches Jack FM in Swindon. 28 May 2012

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