Stephen Stohn

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Stephen Stohn
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Stohn in 2008
BornMay 8, 1948 (1948-05-08) (age 71)
Occupation Television producer, entertainment lawyer
Spouse(s)
Linda Schuyler (m. 1995)
ChildrenMax Stohn

John Stephen Stohn (born May 8, 1948) is a Canadian-based, American-born entertainment lawyer and television producer. He is best known for being executive producer of the teen drama series Degrassi . [1] Until 2018 he was the president of Epitome Pictures Inc., which he and his wife Linda Schuyler founded and which was sold to DHX Media in 2014. [2] On June 7, 2019 he was installed as Chancellor of Trent University (in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada). [3]

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Career

Stohn's work in the entertainment industry commenced with part-time appearances as a performing artist, continuing with active work as a songwriter (including two songs that reached the Canadian Top-10, Maybe Your Heart and Once In A Long Time, [4] co-written with Christopher Ward), and a primary career as an entertainment and copyright lawyer since he was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. [5]

Christopher William Ward is a Canadian songwriter and broadcaster, known as a former long-standing on-air personality at MuchMusic, Canada's music video network, where he and J. D. Roberts were among the first video jockeys in 1984. Ward was a judge on The Next Star which is a Canadian reality television show on YTV.

Trent University had barely been built when Stohn attended there starting in 1966. He helped found, and named, Trent's student newspaper Arthur. [6]

Stohn also helped found the radio station at Trent, [6] now CFFF-FM, along with Peter Northrop and Christopher Ward. In the early 1990s, he helped found the Songwriters Association of Canada [7] along with Donna Murphy, Terry McManus and internationally acclaimed songwriter Eddie Schwartz. Stohn has executive-produced two feature films, Me? and The Clown Murders . [8] He was also executive producer of Riverdale, English Canada's first prime-time soap opera, and of the lifestyle TV series Savoir Faire (hosted by Nik Manojlovich) and Room Service (hosted by Sarah Richardson).

CFFF-FM

CFFF-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 92.7 FM in Peterborough, Ontario. The broadcast facility, which uses the on-air name Trent Radio, was previously licensed as the campus radio station of the city's Trent University, but now operates under an independent community radio license. Trent Radio is producer-oriented, and features over 100 long-running and new programs from students and community members, operating over three seasons per year. All students and community members are welcome to submit applications for programming and membership.

The Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) is a Canadian organization dedicated exclusively to Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters. Their mission is to develop and protect the creative and business environments for songwriters in Canada and around the world.

Edward Sydney "Eddie" Schwartz C.M. is a Canadian musician who had moderate success as a recording artist in the early 1980s, before becoming a successful songwriter, and record producer in the late 1980s and the 1990s.

Book

A book of stories from Stohn's life was published by Dundurn Press in March 2018. Entitled Whatever It Takes: Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television, the book has been written by Stohn with Christopher Ward, and includes a Foreword by Martin Gero. [9]

Dundurn Press is one of the largest Canadian-owned book publishing company of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. The company publishes Canadian literature, history, biography, politics and arts. Dundurn has about 2500 books in print, and averages around one hundred new titles each year. Dundurn Press was established in 1972 by Kirk Howard, In 2009, Dundurn forged a co-publishing partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society, and in 2011, Dundurn purchased Napoleon & Company and Blue Butterfly Books. In 2013, Dundurn acquired Thomas Allen Publishers, the publishing branch of Thomas Allen & Son Limited.

Martin Gero is a Canadian screenwriter and co-executive producer for Stargate Atlantis and the creator of Blindspot.

Degrassi

In early 2000, Linda Schuyler and Yan Moore were developing a new teen TV series with the working title Ready, Willing and Wired, based on the already success. One day Yan came up with the brainstorm that baby Emma, who was born to the then 8th-grade student Spike Nelson in Degrassi Junior High , would be the right age now to be attending high school, and why not make her a main character in Ready, Willing and Wired thus turning the new series into a sequel to the original Degrassi. Inspired by his love for the original Star Trek sci-fi TV series, which had spun into Star Trek: The Next Generation , Stohn suggested Degrassi: The Next Generation as the title for the new sequel series. By autumn 2001 the title remained, and Degrassi: The Next Generation made its first appearance on air. [10]

Linda Schuyler Canadian screenwriter

Linda Schuyler, is an English-Canadian television producer involved in the creation and production of the Degrassi series and Instant Star series of teen programs.

Yan Moore is Canadian television writer and producer. He is best known as a writer for Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He was also the creator and producer of the Canadian soap opera Riverdale (1997–2000). He was nominated for a Gemini Award in 1995 for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for his work on Road to Avonlea.

<i>Degrassi Junior High</i> television series

Degrassi Junior High is a Canadian television series, the second series in the Degrassi franchise. The program aired on CBC Television from 1987 to 1989.

Stohn co-wrote the opening theme music for Degrassi: The Next Generation with Jim McGrath and Jody Colero. [4] He is also the executive producer of Alexz Johnson's debut solo album Voodoo , and the executive producer of all the various Degrassi soundtracks and Instant Star soundtracks .

Other work

For nearly 20 years, until 2009, he was executive producer of the telecast of Canada's music awards show, The Juno Awards, and during that period was a director and then Chair of Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for The Juno Awards. [5] He was also Chair of MusiCounts, a charity associated with The Juno Awards, which among other things distributes musical instruments to schools in need. [5]

From 2004 to 2008 Stohn executive produced the teen drama television series Instant Star about a young woman (played by Alexz Johnson) who wins a singer/songwriter contest. [11] In 2011 and 2012 he executive produced the television series The L.A. Complex (formerly called Highland Gardens) for Bell Media in Canada and The CW in the U.S., about young Canadians dreaming of fame and fortune while struggling to survive in an apartment-style hotel in Los Angeles. [12] [13]

His recent projects have included the family mystery series Open Heart for YTV in Canada and TeenNick in the U.S. [14] and the latest incarnation of Degrassi, namely Degrassi: Next Class for Family Channel in Canada and Netflix worldwide. [15]

Stohn's industry experience includes being a partner for 10 years in Canada's largest law firm, McCarthy Tétrault. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (J.D. 1977) and Trent University (B.A. 1969). [5] He is a founding partner in the Canadian entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, where he provides strategic legal advice to performers, advertising agencies, merchandisers, recording artists, songwriters, multimedia/internet creators, broadcasters and film and television producers. [16] He and two other partners in the firm constitute three of the fourteen entertainment lawyers named in the 2014 Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. [17]

Personal life

Stohn was born in Denver, Colorado. He is married to Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler; they have one son, Max.

Awards

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