Stephen Stohn is a well-regarded Canadian entertainment lawyer, but is probably best known as Executive Producer of the various Degrassi television series, currently airing new episodes on Netflix worldwide in over 200 territories and 17 different languages.
For two decades he was also 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 the organization responsible for The Juno Awards.
Stohn has been nominated 26 times in Canada’s national television awards ceremony, the Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Gemini Awards), and has won 13 times. He had also been nominated four times for primetime Emmy Awards, but is still awaiting his first win. He has, however, won the prestigious Peabody Award, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.
In 2005, Stohn received a commendation from the Government of Ontario reading in part: “You are no stranger to Canadian show business, having worked, and excelled, in nearly all facets of the industry. You seem to have worn every possible hat—from performing artist to accomplished entertainment lawyer—and, in doing so, have amassed an incomparable wealth of knowledge and experience. Your skills and expertise have stood you in good stead, propelling you from success to success. Whether producing the internationally acclaimed television series Degrassi or playing a key role in the development of Epitome Pictures, you take on challenges in a manner appropriately echoed by the words of the legendary Samuel Goldwyn: All opportunities in the world are waiting to grasped by people who are in love with what they are doing.”
He was previously a Partner for 10 years with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and holds degrees from University of Toronto Law School (J.D., 1977) and Trent University (B.A., 1969; DLitt Honoris Causa, 2015). More about Stephen can be found on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Stohn or Twitter at @stephenstohn