Toronto, ON, Canada
Stephen Stohn is President of Epitome Pictures Inc. and Executive Producer of the television series Degrassi and The L.A. Complex and is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years commencing with part-time appearances as a performing artist, and work as a songwriter (including two songs that reached the Canadian Top-10, Maybe Your Heart and Once In A Long Time). Stephen was recently inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.
For nearly 20 years, until 2009, Stephen was a Director and then Chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Executive Producer of the Juno Awards, Canada’s national music awards show. He was also Chair of MusiCounts, the music industry charity associated with CARAS. And for nine years, until 2010, he was a Director and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Stephen has been active in lobbying for reform of Canada's copyright laws, and has participated as a director, committee member or founder of a number of cultural industry associations as well as co-chairing numerous entertainment law conferences under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. He has appeared as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada.
Currently, Stephen is a Director of Orange Lounge Recordings / inDiscover Recordings, a Director of the Canadian Retransmission Collective, a Director of the Producers Audiovisual Collective of Canada, a Director of ISAN Canada, and a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (SOCAN).