CA ON00349 2013.007
- 1987 - 1989 (Creation)
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8.65 m of textual records and other material
15, 553 photographs
2409 colour transparencies
7952 colour negatives
4,058 colour slides
481 Colour photographic prints
161 Colour contact sheets
492 Colour Polaroids (Instant)
176 rolls 16 mm. A/B/C (neg & interpos.)
40 rolls 16 mm. optical soundtracks
44 video recordings
5 - 1 in. open reel videotape masters (109 mins. 55 secs.)
1 betacam SP videocassette masters ( 24 mins. 21 secs.)
38 digital Betacam videocassette masters (907 mins. 4 secs.)
72 audio recordings
72 - 35 mm. magnetic soundtracks (1944 mins.)
19 diskettes (3.5 in.)
12 architectural drawings
Name of creator
For close to thirty years, Epitome Pictures and related companies have been producing award-winning television and educational programs. CEO Linda Schuyler co-created and executive produced the multi-award-winning original Degrassi series, including The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High. These series have won two international Emmys, 9 Gemini Awards, two Prix Jeunesse and countless other honours from festivals around the world. The Degrassi series was continued in the telefeature School’s Out! and in a series of six documentaries called Degrassi Talks. Schuyler was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994 for her contributions to Canadian television.
President Stephen Stohn has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as a performing artist, songwriter, executive producer and as an entertainment and copyright lawyer. He is a founding member in the entertainment law firm, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP.
In 1993, Epitome Pictures produced the movie of the week X-Rated, which later inspired creation of 26 episodes of the dramatic series Liberty Street. The program, about young twenty-somethings struggling to establish grownup lives, was broadcast on CBC and in more than 40 countries around the world. In 1996 Epitome Pictures bought a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse, converting it into a digital single-purpose studio. The studio is used as a home for the company’s productions as well as a rental property. From 1997 to 2000 the studio was home to Riverdale, Canada’s first English primetime soap opera. Created by Schuyler and her longtime collaborator, writer Yan Moore, Riverdale was broadcast on the CBC and followed the lives of four families, separate in temperament, background, values, generation and social standing but united by the neighbourhood they share. The studio is now home to the youth oriented, multi-platform series Degrassi: The Next Generation. The series has received numerous accolades including 11 Gemini Awards, 7 DGC Awards, 2 Teen Choice Awards and the Television Critics Award.
Building on its strength in youth programming, Epitome launched the half-hour teen drama Instant Star in 2004. Now wrapped after four seasons, Instant Star followed the story of a teenaged girl who went from high school obscurity to a life as a notorious singer. The program is currently airing in over 150 countries around the world .
In 2011 Epitome started another half-hour drama called The L.A. Complex which follows a group of young people living in an apartment style motel in Los Angeles with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. The L.A. Complex wrapped in 2012. In 2014 Epitome Pictures Inc. was acquired by DHX Media for $33 million Canadian. Later in 2014 Epitome announced the beginning of production on a show called Open Heart for YTV in Canada and Teennick in the U.S. Open Heart is described as “a gripping mystery series, folded into a sprawling family saga, set against the high-stakes workplace and relationship drama of a hospital.”
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Fonds consists of material pertaining to three seasons of production of the half-hour television series Degrassi Junior High. The show ran from 1987 – 1989, and all 42 episodes were broadcast on CBC television. The collection consists of 148 of material spanning all 3 seasons of the show. The fonds is divided into 2 series: Corporate Records and Post-Production Records.
The first series, Corporate Records, consists of 29 boxes. These include correspondence/memos, fan mail, budgets, scripts, promotional materials, financial and banking records, sponsor files, production and continuity stills, character files, permits, legal documents, insurance documents, and music cue sheets.
The second series, Audiovisual Records, consists of 119 boxes. These include original negative, interpositive, A&B rolls, optical soundtrack, raw shoot tapes, raw audio tapes, audio stems, voiceovers, music, master mix audio, edits, various masters, and promo reels. Textual documents include sound notes/charts, editing/mix notes and credits.
The material has retained its original arrangement.
This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:
Degrassi Junior High (Television, 1987-1989)
This fonds also includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:
Degrassi Junior High (Television, 1987 – 1989)
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One of four accruals.
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