Founder of Trent University Radio Inducted to Canadian Hall of Fame


Trent Alumnus Stephen Stohn ’66 celebrated for his achievements and contributions to Canada’s musical heritage

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Peterborough

Trent University alumnus, entertainment lawyer and television producer Stephen Stohn will be inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame during the 2011 awards gala at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, announced on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Stephen Stohn is the president of Epitome Pictures in Toronto which produces the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star and their related webisodes, mobisodes, and web sites. He was Executive Producer of Riverdale, Savoir Faire, Room Service, and two feature films: Me? and The Clown Murders. He was also the executive producer of the Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards show and the chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for nearly 20 years. An entertainment lawyer, he is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP.

When asked about his Trent experience, Mr. Stohn says, “Trent really was the beginning of my life in so many ways.” One of the founders of both the Arthur student newspaper and Trent Radio, Mr. Stohn was presented with a Trent University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Trent offers a student bursary in the name of Stephen Stohn and his partner Linda Schuyler for students in graduate programs.

As president of Epitome Pictures and executive producer of all its productions, Mr. Stohn has overseen the Degrassi series extending past ten seasons and over 200 episodes and four seasons of Instant Star. Over the years these series have showcased independent Canadian music in over 140 countries worldwide, and have licensed nearly a thousand tracks. The series has served as a launching pad for the careers of many young Canadian musicians and actors. He has won nine Gemini awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and 21 nominations.

An entertainment and copyright lawyer since 1979, Mr. Stohn has been an active lobbyist for the reform of Canada’s copyright laws. He was instrumental in the creation of the Songwriters Association of Canada and was director and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Ontario Media Development Corporation.

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For more information, please contact: Tony Storey, Director, Alumni Affairs, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 Ext. 1599 or