Aaron L. Gilbert
Chairman & CEO
Aaron L. Gilbert (Producer) is the CEO of BRON, a company he co-founded with wife Brenda Gilbert in 2010. BRON is the award-winning producer and financier behind such films as Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated FENCES, Miguel Arteta’s BEATRIZ AT DINNER, Dan Gilroy’s ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ., and Nate Parker’s Sundance-winning film THE BIRTH OF A NATION.
Recent film releases from BRON include Jason Reitman’s TULLY starring Charlize Theron (Focus Features), Debra Granik’s critically hailed LEAVE NO TRACE (Bleecker Street) and Sundance breakout Sam Levinson’s ASSASSINATION NATION (NEON). Upcoming film releases include acclaimed sci-fi thriller PROSPECT (Gun Powder & Sky) and Jason Reitman’s THE FRONT RUNNER (Sony) starring Hugh Jackman.
BRON has recently wrapped production and will soon release a string of films including, FONZO, the Al Capone biopic starring Tom Hardy from Josh Trank; THE GOOD LIAR, a dramatic thriller from Bill Condon starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen (New Line); VILLAINS, a comedic thriller starring Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe; GREYHOUND, starring Tom Hanks as a WWII Navy Officer (Sony); THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT, a historical action drama from Gideon Raff starring Chris Evans; John Ridley’s near-future romance NEEDLE IN A TIMESTACK starring Leslie Odom Jr.; Anthony Mandler’s film debut MONSTER and Jennifer Kent’s sophomore feature THE NIGHTINGALE which recently bowed at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.
Gilbert has expanded BRON’s development arm into television and will co-produce, along with Tandem Productions, the gritty dramatic thriller SHADOWPLAY from Måns Mårlind, as well as forming key television partnerships including a joint venture with former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg in Media Res which recently announced the series THE MORNING SHOW starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for Apple.
Brenda is the Co-Founder, and President of the BRON group of companies and has been active in film and media initiatives for more than 19 years. Brenda has produced, executive produced or co-executive produced several productions including MIGHTY MIGHTY MONSTERS, HENCHMEN, THE WILLOUGHBYS, I SAW THE LIGHT, THE BIRTH OF A NATION, MONSTER, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, THE NIGHTINGALE and ASSASSINATION NATION. Brenda is instrumental in facilitating team development and leads BRON with strategic corporate and operational planning. Her background includes many years at the British Columbia Securities Commission where she worked in the Finance, Enforcement, Legal and Communications Divisions.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of BRON, Steven oversees corporate operations and production finance for all of BRON’s divisions. He joined BRON in 2012 as Vice President of Finance & Operations and was named to his current post in 2018. Steven has been a Co-Executive producer and/or financing executive on over 40 productions and prior to joining BRON he was an auditor with Ernst & Young where he worked extensively with private and public studio clients both domestic and abroad. He is currently a board member of the Canadian Media Producer’s Association – BC Branch and serves on several policy & advisory committees in the industry.
Chief Legal Officer
Joel Guralnick joined BRON in 2016 and currently serves as Chief Legal Officer of the BRON group of companies, overseeing all legal matters including film and television development and production as well as corporate development matters. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer for BRON. Prior to joining BRON, Joel led the Entertainment practice in the Vancouver office of Goodmans LLP where worked on numerous film and television projects, and also served as General Counsel of Vision Critical Communications. Joel has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Law degree from Osgoode Hall (York University) and is a member of the bar in British Columbia.
Chief Content Officer
As Chief Content Officer, Anjay oversees the development, production, sales and distribution of live action film and television content. In this cross-functional role, he plays an instrumental part in creating and executing overall slate strategy for BRON. Previously he was the head of Focus World, a sub-division of Focus Features, where he sourced independent narrative and documentary films and oversaw their worldwide marketing and distribution. Anjay also served as the Head of Business Development and Finance for FilmDistrict and GK Films/GK-TV and in Business Development and Operations at Sony.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ashley Levinson previously served as the COO at Annapurna Pictures and has held high-level leadership positions with such prominent organizations as Soho House Group and the Sundance Institute. As Chief Strategy Officer at BRON, Levinson is responsible for fostering filmmaker and industry relationships and identifying key corporate opportunities across the group of companies, to include BRON Studios, BRON Animation, BRON Creative, and now BRON Ventures, while overseeing day-to-day operations of the LA studio.
Chief Marketing Officer
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Butcher steers all marketing and promotional efforts for BRON titles by developing and implementing comprehensive publicity and promotional plans and integrated marketing strategies. Butcher joins BRON after serving for over a decade as Vice President, National Publicity at Fox Searchlight, where she contributed to dozens of release campaigns and awards campaigns which garnered high recognition including “The Shape of Water”, “Three Billboards”, “Beast of the Southern Wild,” ‘Belle,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Crazy Heart”, and “12 Years A Slave.” Prior to her time with Fox Searchlight, she was a unit publicist on films for Paramount, Screen Gems, Lionsgate, and MTV Films, including important films like “Hustle and Flow”, “Higher Learning”, “Coach Carter”, and “Ray”. Butcher is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences; and the Publicist Guild.
SVP Post Production
Andria Spring is the SVP of Post Production at BRON Studios where she oversees the completion and delivery of all media properties. With over ten years of experience in film & television, she has worked with dozens of buyers ranging from HBO, to Sony, to Lionsgate. She is proud to draw on her experiences as an in-house producer at Anagram Pictures, and as a project manager at one of Vancouver’s leading DI facilities. Spring helms from the University of British Columbia’s Film & Theatre department, where she completed her BA in film production.
Priscila Costa Lima
SVP Corporate Finance
As SVP Corporate Finance, Priscila is responsible for developing and implementing financial procedures to improve and maintain the financial health of BRON’s group of companies as BRON continues its rapid growth. She provides strategic financial input to senior management across corporate and the other BRON lines of business. Prior to joining BRON Priscila was the Finance Director for Force Four Entertainment and the Controller for eOne Canadian Unscripted TV Division. Prior to making the move to the entertainment industry she worked in the mining/resource sector where she served as the CFO of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. from 2010 to 2014. A CPA, CMA, Priscila holds a BBA in Finance with a joint Major in Economics from Simon Fraser University.
SVP Business Affairs
Adam Davids has been the counsel for either production, finance or distribution on over 50 films and works with both talent and institutions in the entertainment industry. Adam holds a Masters of Arts from Columbia University, received his JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a Level I CFA. Prior to practicing law, Adam was Vice President – International of the New York Institute of Finance, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, financial director for the electronic music conference M3 and provided training services to the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) and the CFA Institute. He has been designated a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.
SVP Business Affairs
David Davoli is a Senior Vice President at BRON Studios, operating out of the company’s New York office. Davoli co-heads business affairs and heads the international television group. Since joining BRON, David has closed countless deals with respect to BRON’s active feature film and television slate and he has sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining BRON, David was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney where he worked as production, finance or distribution counsel on over 50 independent film, television and new media programs, and spent a decade developing a keen knowledge of the international marketplace. David is also a classically trained draftsman of the human figure and recently had his first show in NYC.
VP Human Resources
Kam oversees all of the HR needs at BRON including recruiting, retention and employee engagement. She obtained an undergraduate degree, and then her MBA, from the University of Victoria and prior to joining BRON worked with Prime Focus Creative Services where she was the Human Resources Manager. Before entering the entertainment industry she worked extensively in e-commerce where she acted as the Director of Customer Service and Director of Human Resources with Clearly Contacts and Coastal Contacts Inc.
VP Marketing & Publicity
Archibald is responsible for overseeing creative marketing and positioning of BRON film and television productions as well as shaping the company’s public facing identity. Archibald has over fifteen years of experience and has been active in the international rollout of many commercially and critically successful films including John Carney’s BEGIN AGAIN, J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL and Mel Gibson’s Academy Award Winner HACKSAW RIDGE.
VP Strategic Analysis
As VP of Strategic Analysis, Neil is responsible for evaluating various aspects of film and TV projects from the financing through the distribution stages. Prior to joining BRON, Neil worked at Open Road Films, advising senior management on financing and distribution strategy; and was VP of Film and TV Financing at Grosvenor Park Media, a media financier, where he worked to secure production financing for independent film and TV projects. Before making the shift to the entertainment industry, he worked as an investment banker at Barclays and Citigroup. Neil is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Since 2015 Matthias has been responsible for handling the development and execution of live-action projects. Matthias started his career in the film industry over 20 years ago after finishing his rowing career with an Olympic Gold medal. In 1993, Matthias completed the film-directing program at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Potsdam, Germany and while based in Berlin he directed feature-length documentaries for German Television and started working as a 1st AD on German Independent features. Since 2001 and his move to North America his focus has been on live-action drama, working as a 1st AD, Production Manager and Line Producer on over 30 productions.
Head of Story
Garrick joined BRON as its VP of Development in 2014, following an 8-year run in a similar role with LA based Bold Films. During his time at Bold, Garrick was involved with such acclaimed projects as: the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning drama WHIPLASH and Nicholas Winding Refn’s DRIVE and oversaw Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut NIGHTCRAWLER. Prior to joining Bold, he worked in feature development for producers Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) and Denise DiNovi (BATMAN), and as a story editor on the feature documentaries THE YEAR OF THE YAO and SO GOES THE NATION. Garrick has served on a number of international festival juries including Sitges and Fantasia and in addition to his Development role, Garrick leads THE REALM, BRON’s genre label and is producing or co-producing all of THE REALM productions.
Board of Directors
John has a diverse background, first graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical Engineering and creating the Shareware hit “The Dungeon of Doom”, before entering the rigid plastic packaging business. He partnered with First Atlantic Capital in 2004 to grow it from the then $90M US to over to over $300M US in just four years. In 2008 he diversified his interests in the US while maintaining a packaging business in Europe. Sitting on the other side of the Private Equity table has taken many forms where the common theme has been both promoting a better world and a return to his first love, technology. As a Spirit of Innovation member at the XPrize Foundation, he has seeded the development of an XPrize in the education sector and as part of Raymonds Capital, LLC, he has become the lead investor for the re-launch of Reading Rainbow. The most active investment to date, and for the long term ahead, is the partnership founded with BRON.
Jason M. Cloth
Board of Directors
Jason is a Director of Bron Media Corp. and the founder / Managing Partner of Creative Wealth Media in Toronto. He began his career in 1988 as a Fixed Income Economist for CIBC/Wood Gundy and holds a graduate degree in Economics. Jason founded Creative Wealth Management Group Inc in 1992 and partnered with a Toronto based Merchant Bank to provide financing on more than 40 film and television productions. Jason joined BRON Studios in September 2014 in a key strategic financial and investor management role. Jason has executive produced more than 30 feature films with producer BRON Studios, along the way raising in excess of $400 million for the film industry. He is credited on such films as Denzel Washington’s FENCES (Paramount), THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Fox Searchlight), I SAW THE LIGHT (Sony Classics), Roman J. Israel (Sony) and Charlize Theron’s Tully (Focus / Universal).
Dr. Joseph Gilbert
Board of Directors
After graduation from Medical School at McGill University in Montreal, Joe completed residency programs in Neurology and Neuropathology at Case Western Reserve University before joining the Departments of Pathology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He was V.P. Medical Affairs, V.P. Research and ultimately the CAO of two research units at University and St Joseph’s Hospitals. He was responsible for the administration of research grants, as well as capital projects for research facility construction. He also held leadership positions for national organizations, which interfaced with Federal granting agencies and Provincial associations. Since his retirement in 2006, Joe has chaired the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board at Western.
Board of Directors
Pat has been in the entertainment and financial services industries for over 30 years, with broad experience in finance, business affairs, production, distribution, strategic planning and investment banking in the film, television and related media industries. He has been a senior finance and operations executive for a number of entertainment companies, including HBO, IMAX Corporation, Avenue Pictures and InterMedia. He has had a significant role in the financing, production and distribution of over 75 feature film and television projects, as well as the development of production studios in Europe, Asia and North America. Pat is also a partner in Los Angeles Media Fund, and is President of Patrician Capital Management. Pat has a BA, MA and MBA all from UCLA.