Paul Bronfman, chairman and CEO of Comweb Corp. and equipment provider William F. White International Inc. (Whites), has announced that the company has entered into a first-in-Canada exclusive partnership/representation agreement with California-based drone company, Aerial MOB.
Established in 2013, Aerial MOB is the first drone company of its kind to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. for closed-set film production. The company also wrote and developed the initial regulations for use of drone technology in film production in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America. In 2016, they were granted permission for commercial drone use by Transport Canada, becoming one of the only companies in the world with certifications for flight in both the U.S. and Canada. Aerial MOB has an extensive list of clientele including major motion picture studios such as Warner Bros. Pictures, Netflix and The Walt Disney Studios, and more.
Based in San Diego, CA, Aerial MOB is helmed by industry veterans, Treggon Owens, Steve Blizzard, Tony Carmean and Jonathan Montague with locations and crews throughout North America.
“After looking at several drone companies, we have specifically chosen to partner with Aerial MOB because, simply put, they are the best drone company of their kind,” says Paul Bronfman. “They definitely represent the gold standard in safety and performance for unmanned aerial systems and have the necessary experience and credibility to boot. This is also directly in keeping with Whites’ unwavering mission to remain at the forefront of our industry by being first in Canada to introduce and deliver the most cutting-edge production tools available. Ultimately, this partnership further solidifies our commitment to market leadership and innovation.”
“Aerial MOB is extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to work with Whites, Canada’s most respected provider of professional production equipment and technical expertise,” adds Tony Carmean, Partner/Producer at Aerial MOB. “Filmmakers across Canada will now be able to utilize the most trusted and versatile Transport Canada-approved drone technologies available backed by our rigorous standards for quality, safety and reliability.”
Aerial MOB’s aerial cinema packages support productions of all sizes. From lightweight DJI drones outfitted with built-in 4K cameras and integrated stabilization, to heavier models designed to carry the Alexa Mini or Red Weapon, these bigger drones come fully-loaded with the capacity to carry various lenses to complement all state-of-the-art camera bodies.
The drones, which will initially be offered through the Whites Specialty Equipment (WSE) department, will be available for rent this coming Spring.
This development follows the company’s recent nationalization of the Whites Specialty Equipment (WSE) brand and launch of its new Camera department.
Most recently, Aerial MOB worked on the popular Warner Brothers’ TV series “Lethal Weapon,” HBO’s TV series “The Leftovers” and Paramount Pictures’/MGM’s “Ben-Hur” to name just a few.
For more information, contact William F. White: 416-239-5050, www.whites.com.