Our Founder: Paul Bronfman
Paul Bronfman is the Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group Inc. and William F. White International Inc. He is also the Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios Inc.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Paul Bronfman launched his career in the entertainment industry in the mid-1970s, working in the music industry with such hit bands as Supertramp and April Wine. By the late 1970s, Bronfman had transitioned to the film and television industry and went on to hold a number of executive positions at Astral Bellevue Pathe (now Astral Media Inc.) over the next ten years.
Bronfman founded Comweb Corporation in 1988 and over the years has built a group of horizontally integrated entertainment firms dedicated to providing expert production services, studio facilities, and equipment to the Canadian and international film and television industries. Comweb's first industry endeavor was to build and manage Canada's first Hollywood- style studio complex, North Shore Studios in Vancouver, in partnership with well-known Hollywood producer/writer Stephen J.Cannell. North Shore Studios is well known as the original home of the smash television series hit, "The X-Files".
In 1993 Comweb created Protocol Entertainment Inc. Protocol's activities included development, financing, and production of TV series, movies, miniseries, and feature films for the North American and international markets. The company created a number of highly acclaimed audience winning productions including the worldwide hit television series, "Goosebumps." This sensational show won the number one ratings slot for its demographic in the United States on the Fox Kids Network in its premiere season in 1995. 'Goosebumps' was sold to broadcasters in over 105 countries throughout the world. Comweb sold its interest in Protocol in 2005.
In late 1989, Comweb acquired a controlling interest in William F. White International Inc. (Whites), one of the world's premier providers of state-of- the-art lighting, grip, camera support and related specialty film, television and digital media production equipment. Founded in Toronto in 1963, Whites has provided unparalleled technical production expertise to Canadian and international producers, directors, cinematographers, and technicians for over five decades. The company has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax and Toronto.
Whites is also partners with world-renowned, Oscar® award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary - based provider of motion picture production equipment servicing western and eastern European markets.
Whites owns and operates Whites Digital Sales & Service Inc., (formerly CinequipWhite Inc.) one of Canada's largest full-service sales and service companies to the broadcast, video, film, entertainment, and theatrical industries. In 2013, Whites acquired Telescopic Camera Cranes Inc., now called Whites Telescopic, a Vancouver-based company which houses the world’s largest fleet of Technocranes. That same year, Whites completed its purchase of Location Equipment Supply Inc., now called Whites LES, creating Canada’s only single-source-solution for professional production equipment and location support services.
In addition to its holdings in Whites [through Comweb Corp.], Comweb was the second largest voting shareholder of Astral Media Inc. of which Mr. Bronfman was a member of the Board of Directors. Astral Media was recently sold to Bell Canada Enterprises.
Comweb is also an active partner in Pinewood Toronto Studios, a world class, state-of-the- art film and television production facility. The studio lot includes 260,000 square feet of production facilities. Foremost among the seven state- of-the-art film stages is the 45,900 square foot Mega-Stage, North America's largest purpose built film studio.
Paul Bronfman's dedication to fostering and developing new talent in Canada's film and television industry is well-known. His company sponsors numerous college and university film programs, industry initiatives and relevant organizations including the Banff World Media Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival as well as Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre, just to name a few.
Bronfman serves on numerous industry boards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), FilmOntario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). He is also an active member of the Academy and the Directors Guild of Canada.
He is also an active member of his community and contributes to a number of national and local charities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies. As well he serves on the Board of Governors of B'nai B'rith Canada and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In 2002, Variety the Children's Charity recognized Mr. Bronfman's outstanding accomplishments with a special gala tribute dinner in his honour.
In 2008, Mr. Bronfman and his wife Judy along with Globe and Mail CEO Phillip Crawley, were awarded the prestigious Human Relations Award by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a leading Canadian organization dedicated to providing programs and strategies that educate against discrimination, prejudice, and bias.
In 2010, Mr. Bronfman was inducted into Playback's Film & Television Hall of Fame, honouring his 30-plus years of exemplary industry service. In 2011, Paul received the Honourable Life Member Award from the Director's Guild of Canada along with the Academy Board of Directors' Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring Contributions to Canadian Television at the Gemini Awards. Paul was also selected as a finalist for the esteemed Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 2012, Mr. Bronfman was bestowed with the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) President's Award in addition to receiving the Friend of the Industry award alongside Whites Executive Vice President & COO Paul Roscorla at the Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards (AMPIA). In 2013, he was inducted into the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was bestowed with a Rockie Award at The Banff World Media Festival honouring his excellence in business and entertainment.