William F. White International Inc. (Whites) is a Comweb Group member company. Founded in 1963, Whites is Canada's largest and most iconic provider of motion picture, television, digital media, and theatrical production equipment. With offices across the country, the company services productions of all sizes from coast to coast and houses an extensive inventory of state-of-the-art production equipment.
Comweb is a founding shareholder of Pinewood Toronto Studios, a modern, purpose-built complex for film and television production. Pinewood Toronto Studios is the destination facility for domestic and international film and TV producers shooting in Toronto. The contemporary 330,000 square foot (29,600 square metres) purpose-built production lot is located on a 33.5-acre (13.5 hectares) site, minutes from downtown Toronto. Its 11 stages, including one of North America’s largest purpose-built sound stages - the 46,000 sq. ft. (4,274 square metres) Mega Stage - are soundproofed, clear-span and equipped with power and supporting infrastructure to accommodate productions of all sizes and budgets.
Whites Studios operates two studio properties in Vancouver; Ironwood and Fraserwood. Both studios feature fully-furnished offices, boardrooms, mill shops and paint shops, ample crew and production parking, along with the very latest in fibre connectivity. Ironwood boasts 177,000 total square footage, including 7 sound stages and Fraserwood contains 119,000 total square footage, with 4 sound stages.
Comweb's Aviation offers rental of a first-class private business jet designed for convenient, stress-free travel, at an extremely competitive price. Film and television industry producers can utilize the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) for up to a 25% rebate. Backed by the Comweb assurance of safety, quality and reliability, Comweb Aviation is the first company of its kind to specialize in private jet charter services to entertainment industry and corporate clients. This unique service is offered in association with Chartright Air Group, Canada's leading provider of business aviation services.
stephen j. cannell: our original partner
Stephen is the creator, writer and producer of some of the most well-known television series in history. We are proud to have worked with him at the inception of Comweb.
Having launched his entertainment industry career in the music business in the mid-1970s, Paul Bronfman continued on to the film and television industry where, beginning in the late- 1970s, he held a number of executive positions at Astral Bellevue Pathe (now Astral Media Inc.). With more than a decade of experience to his name, Paul founded his own company, Comweb Corporation, in 1988.
From its inception, and under the unwavering leadership of Chairman/CEO Paul Bronfman, Comweb has operated according to its Partners in Production® philosophy. This began in 1988 when, in partnership with well-known Hollywood producer/writer Stephen J. Cannell, Comweb built and managed Canada's first Hollywood style studio complex, North Shore Studios in Vancouver. The original home of the smash television series hit, The X-Files, North Shore Studios played a significant role in the growth of film and television production in Canada.