Bron Creative Strikes $100M Co-Financing Deal With Warner Bros.

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle; Creative Wealth Media
Aaron L. Gilbert (left), Jason Cloth

The joint venture, headed by Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth, will take a stake in six features, beginning with Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule.'

Bron Creative, the joint venture between Bron Studios, led by Aaron L. Gilbert, and Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth, has closed a multi-picture, $100 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Pictures that will cover Clint Eastwood’s new film, The Mule, as well as five upcoming movies from both Warners and its New Line Cinema unit. Gilbert and/or Cloth will serve as executive producers on the upcoming films.

The deal expands on Warners' relationship with Bron Creative, which previously co-financed New Line’s The Good Liar, directed by Bill Condon and starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, which is set for release Nov. 15, 2019.

Co-founded by Gilbert and his wife Brenda in 2010 and headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, Bron — which develops, finances and produces film, TV and digital projects — has been involved in more than 50 productions to date. Creative Wealth Media, backed by LIUNA, the Laborers International Union of North America Pension Plan for Central and Eastern Canada, is the main financier behind Bron.

Projects under the Bron banner have included Denzel Washington’s FencesRoman J. Israel, Esq., starring Washington; Paul Feig’s A Simple FavorThe Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon; and the upcoming Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks.

Besides The Mule, the films covered by the new pact include Warners’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Frances Conroy, which Todd Phillips is directing from a screenplay by Phillips and Scott Silver, set for release in the fall of 2019; and Torrance, the working title for a drama starring Ben Affleck as a former basketball all-star struggling with addiction, directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Brad Ingelsby.

The New Line titles include the romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra and directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a screenplay by Erin Cardillo and Dana Fox & Katie Silberman, from a story by Cardillo, set for a Feb. 13 release; The Kitchen, a mob drama written and directed by Andrea Berloff and based on the Vertigo Comic book that will star Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Margot Martindale, Common and Bill Camp, slated for a Sept. 20 bow: and Superintelligence, a romantic comedy starring McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, Jean Smart and James Corden and directed by Ben Falcone from a screenplay by Steve Mallory.

“I’m excited about expanding our relationship with Warner Bros.," Gilbert said Tuesday in a statement announcing the deal. "They have continued to be great collaborative partners and we feel they have put together a strong curated group of films for the global market.”

Added Cloth: “The performance of Warner Bros. films speaks for itself. This is a studio and team with an unequivocal understanding of how to make and deliver hits. It’s a wonderful privilege to be partnered with an iconic brand that boldly continues to evolve, create and champion storytelling at the highest level.”

“Aaron and the team at Bron have been great partners with us on The Good Liar and we are happy to continue our partnership on these additional films,” commented Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

The co-financing deal was negotiated by Cloth and Richard McConnell on behalf of Creative Wealth Media, Gilbert for Bron, supported by Bron’s Steven Thibault and Adam Davids, and by Endeavor Content.