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Bron Studios, Co-Financier Behind ‘Joker’ and Licorice Pizza,’ Files for Bankruptcy



Bron Studios, the Canadian production and financing company, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States as well as protection from creditors in Canada.

The company’s is known for working on projects such as Jokerthe $1 billion Oscar winner and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, and had relationships with talent such as Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman.

“Having explored many options for many months, Bron had no choice but to take this step in light of its financial circumstances,” wrote CEO Aaron L. Gilbert in a letter Wednesday. “The last few years have been incredibly difficult for Bron, and things have only gotten more complicated over these past months. Covid and the many other issues affecting the media industry the last few years, most recently the strikes, have made Bron’s ability to continue its existing business impossible.”

One source says Bron’s filing is a blow for the business since the company put up money for projects others were nervous about. “Sadly, this was inevitable,” says the source.

Their projects in recent years included the Oscar-winning Judas and the Black Messiah, Bombshell, Queen & Slim and Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.

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