Leadership Team Bios
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.
Mr. Bronfman launched his entertainment career in the mid-1970s, working in the music business with such hit bands as Supertramp and April Wine. By the late 1970s, he transitioned to the film & TV industry and went on to hold several positions at Astral over the next decade.
Mr. Bronfman founded Comweb Corp. in 1988 and, over the years, built a group of integrated firms dedicated to providing expert production services, studio facilities, equipment and technical expertise to the Canadian and international film and television industries.
Comweb’s first endeavor was to build and manage Canada’s first Hollywood-style studio, North Shore Studios in Vancouver, in partnership with well-known Hollywood writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell. North Shore Studios is the original home of the smash television series, “The X-Files”.
In 1989, Comweb acquired William F. White International Inc., (Whites) Canada’s oldest and largest provider of professional motion picture, television, live event, digital media production equipment and technical services.
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 is situated on 24 acres of prime downtown real estate and includes 260,000 square feet of production facilities. Foremost among the ten stages is the 46,000 square foot Mega-Stage, one of the largest purpose-built sound stages in the world.
Comweb also owns and operates Comweb Aviation Inc., an exclusive private-jet leasing company which provides first-class, non-stop, tax-creditable charter flights from Toronto to any destination in North America.
Mr. Bronfman’s dedication to developing talent in Canada is well-known. His company sponsors numerous industry organizations across the country, including The Atlantic Film Festival, Banff World Media Festival, Hot Docs, On Screen Manitoba, Toronto International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.
Mr. Bronfman serves on numerous industry boards including The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT), The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), FilmOntario and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).
In 2010, Mr. Bronfman was inducted into Playback’s Film & Television Hall of Fame honouring his nearly 40 years of exemplary industry service. In 2011, Paul received the Honourable Life Member Award from the Directors Guild of Canada. That same year, he was awarded the Academy Board of Directors Tribute for Outstanding and Enduring contributions to Canadian Television at the Gemini Awards. He was also selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year Award.
In 2012, Mr. Bronfman received the Canadian Society of Cinematographers President’s Award in addition to the Friend of The Industry Award from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association. In 2013, he was inducted into the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was also bestowed with a Rockie Award at the Banff World Media Festival honouring Excellence in Business and Entertainment.