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Bron Studios Files for Bankruptcy: A Challenging Turn for ‘Joker’ and ‘Licorice Pizza’ Co-Financier

Bron Studios Files For Bankruptcy

In a surprising turn of events, Canadian production and financing company Bron Studios, known for its involvement in successful films like ‘Joker’ and ‘Licorice Pizza,’ has recently filed for bankruptcy. The company has sought protection from creditors in Canada and filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the United States. This unexpected move has left the entertainment industry and fans stunned.

Bron Studios Faces Financial Turmoil Amidst Acclaimed Film Ventures

Source: Bron Studios

Bron Studios, known for co-financing successful films like ‘Joker’ and ‘Licorice Pizza,’ has filed for bankruptcy due to financial challenges within the industry. The company had partnerships with acclaimed talents such as Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman.

CEO Aaron L. Gilbert explained that despite exploring various options, the last few years have been exceptionally difficult for Bron Studios, and recent factors like Covid and media industry issues made it impossible to sustain the business.

Source: Dan Steinberg

Bron Studios’ Financial Struggles: Navigating Pandemic and Slate Deal Endings

The pandemic took a toll on Bron Studios, and the company’s co-financing deals with Warner Bros. and MGM also came to an end. Industry insiders consider the company’s bankruptcy filing inevitable, given its history of investing in projects others were hesitant about.


Over the years, Bron financed and/or produced several acclaimed films, including Judas and the Black Messiah, Bombshell, Queen & Slim, and the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which collectively earned 30 Oscar nominations and six wins.