Paul Bronfman Family Foundation Joins Shaftesbury and AMC Networks as a Lead Supporter of The Norman Jewison Film Program

Posted: Apr 22, 2021

Paul Bronfman Family Foundation Joins Shaftesbury and AMC Networks as a Lead Supporter of 
The Norman Jewison Film Program

Toronto, Ontario, April 21, 2021 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that The Paul Bronfman Family Foundation has joined Shaftesbury and AMC Networks as a Lead Supporter of The Norman Jewison Film Program, CFC’s signature film program. The Paul Bronfman Family Foundation will invest $250,000 over five years toward the program and the world-class Canadian creators it supports and elevates.

This program was recently renamed The Norman Jewison Film Program to honour award-winning and internationally acclaimed filmmaker, CFC Founder and beloved Canadian icon, Norman Jewison. The program is lauded internationally as a vital incubator for bold new voices and original content, and has launched some of Canada’s most prolific and exciting creators.

“It is an honour for The Paul Bronfman Family Foundation to be part of the team of Lead Supporters alongside Shaftesbury and AMC Networks,” says Comweb Founder and CEO, Paul Bronfman. “We endeavour to create meaningful opportunities for program candidates as we pay homage and contribute to Norman Jewison’s iconic legacy.”

A longtime friend and supporter of the CFC and a member of its Board of Directors, Paul Bronfman is the Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp., Co-Chairman/Senior Advisor for William F. White International Inc., and Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios Inc. Known for his dedication to Canadian film and TV excellence, Bronfman has played an invaluable role in helping to build and grow Canada’s screen industry. He is deeply committed to the screen entertainment business and is dedicated to fostering Canadian talent, as evidenced by his support of The Norman Jewison Film Program, and countless other industry initiatives and programs.

The Paul Bronfman Family Foundation, and its counterpart the Comweb Foundation, support the professional development and creative expression of underdeveloped Canadian filmmakers across Canada. They believe in the talent and stories of emerging filmmakers who may be without resources or representation and seek to provide them with a fair shot at success and sustained careers in the film industry.

“How delighted we are that Paul Bronfman, who has been such a long time supporter of the CFC, has come on board as a Lead Supporter of The Norman Jewison Film Program,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury and Chair, CFC Board of Directors. “The Film Program is close to Norman’s heart and knowing it has this five-year commitment from Paul is truly wonderful.”

Eighteen creators – five directors, five producers, four writers and four editors – are participating in the 2021 Norman Jewison Film Program, which runs until July 31, 2021. The program has been adapted to meet all current COVID-19 regulations. This film program is the only intensive professional program of its kind in Canada and is a key destination for creative professionals who want to establish their voice in the screen entertainment industry.

Learn more about The Norman Jewison Film Program here:

About CFC
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a registered charity and a leading cultural organization for the development and advancement of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based industries. CFC’s programs and initiatives span film and television, screen acting, composing and songwriting for the screen, and digital and immersive media. These uniquely designed programs support and empower Canadian artists, creators and entrepreneurs, and generate world-class talent, content, products and companies for the global marketplace. For more information, visit

About Comweb Corporation
Comweb Corporation ( was founded by Paul Bronfman in 1988. The company’s first foray was a partnership with famed writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell in 1988 to build and manage Canada’s first Hollywood-style studio complex, North Shore Studios in Vancouver. The studio was the home of the original smash TV series hit, The X-Files. Comweb Corporation is a founding shareholder of Pinewood Toronto Studios (, a 12-stage production lot with over 200,000 square feet of space. Comweb Group Members include Comweb Aviation, Comweb Foundation, Comweb Hungary, Comweb Real Estate, and Comweb Studio Holdings. Comweb Corporation was the parent company of William F. White International Inc. (WFW) for over 30+ years. WFW was recently sold to Ashtead Group/Sunbelt Rentals of Canada Inc.

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