Bron Media Corporation
Bron Studios
IndustryMotion pictures
FounderAaron L. Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert
Key people
  • Aaron L. Gilbert (CEO)
  • Brenda Gilbert (Co-President)
  • Joel Guralnick (CLO)
  • Steven Thibault (COO)
  • Bron Animation
  • Bron Creative (JV)
  • Bron Studios
  • Bron Releasing
  • Bron Life
  • Bron Digital
SubsidiariesBron Venture I LLC
Mad Solar

Bron Studios (stylized as BRON) is a Canadian motion picture company based in British Columbia owned by Bron Media Corporation. Bron's notable productions include Joker, Bombshell, Queen & Slim, Greyhound, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Mule, Henchmen,[1][2] Roman J. Israel, Esq., Rudderless, Welcome to Me, The Addams Family, The Willoughbys, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Bron Creative is a joint venture between Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media. Bron Creative provides equity for studio productions and senior secured debt financing on appropriate film and television productions.


Bron Studios

Bron Studios was founded in 2010 by Aaron Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert.[3] Bron formed Bron Animation division led by Gil Rimmer and Ben Burden Smith as creative directors. The division's first project was two Mighty Mighty Monsters specials.[4]

Bankruptcy and Involvement in Securities Fraud

On July 19, 2023, Bron Studios filed for creditor protection in Canada, and Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the United States, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes as the reasons of its eventual downfall.[5] However, an April 28, 2023 report by the American Bar Association described a $100M securities fraud perpetrated by Clayton Smith and Crystal Wealth Management, involving loans to BRON group productions.[6] The report also stated "there appears to be clear evidence that Gilbert, Thibault, and Smith worked together to mislead Crystal Wealth’s auditor BDO by coordinating their responses to inquiries about the financial position of the film loans."[7]

Bron Media

In September 2017, Bron Studios was reorganized with Bron Media Corp. becoming Bron Studios' parent company. Genre label the Realm, Bron Releasing and Bron Animation joined the studio as Bron Media subsidiaries. Daniel D. McClure was also hired as president and chief operating officer from his position as Toronto-based CQI Capital Management CEO.[8]

Its Bron Venture unit invested in starting up Media Res, Michael Ellenberg's TV and film production company in June 2017. Bron would also find financing for the start up's projects.[3]

By 2016, Bron Media and Creative Wealth Media form a joint venture, Bron Creative, to fund films. The venture's first film is Fences by Paramount Pictures. Next, the venture agreed to fully finance an animated film series, up to four films, based on Bear Grylls produced by YBG Films, a joint venture between Grylls and Platinum Films.[9] In December 2018, Bron Creative and Warner Bros. agreed to a six film slate deal with $100 million in co-financing.[10] Bron Creative agreed to another $100 million co-financing slate deal with MGM in June 2019.[11]

Bron TV

In the late 2010s, Bron began developing an internal television production group and partnered with producer and former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg's production company Media Res. Bron coproduced a series of international projects at this time. In 2019 and 2020, furthered expanded their television venture into a formal division.[12][13][14]


Bron Studios was founded by Brenda and Aaron L. Gilbert. Aaron is a Canadian producer, executive producer, and financier of live-action and animated motion pictures and series television.[15] In addition to Bron, Gilbert is also the Managing Director of Media House Capital, a senior lender in the film and television business.[15]

Originally from London, Ontario, Canada, Gilbert moved to Los Angeles and Vancouver in 1994, beginning his career in the music management and music publishing industry with BOXX Entertainment before segueing into music supervision and licensing for film/television later in the 1990s, and then into animation[15] and live-action business affairs and finance. Music continues to be influential in his creative and project choices.

Gilbert has been a producer and executive producer of recent films including Beatriz at Dinner, Fences, The Birth of a Nation, Kill Me 3 Times, Son of a Gun, Miss Julie, Elsa & Fred, Ginger & Rosa, The English Teacher, Lullaby,[16] Supremacy,[17] Janie Jones, Decoding Annie Parker, I Melt With You, and DayDream Nation.[15]


Bron Studios

Bron Creative

See also


  1. ^ a b Credited as Bron Animation


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