Epitome Pictures

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Epitome Pictures
TypeDivision
IndustryFilm and television production
PredecessorPlaying With Time, Inc. (1976-1992)
Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Defunct2016; 6 years ago (2016)
FateAbsorbed into DHX Media, studios sold off
Headquarters220 Bartley Drive, ,
Canada
Key people
Linda Schuyler, Chief Operating Officer
Stephen Stohn, President
ServicesProduction, distribution, broadcast and licensing of entertainment content for children and families.
ParentDHX Studios (DHX Media)
The evolution of WildBrain
1968FilmFair is founded
1971DIC Entertainment is founded
1974CPLG is founded
1976CINAR and Colossal Pictures are founded
1988Studio B Productions is founded
1994WildBrain Entertainment is founded
1996CINAR buys FilmFair's library
1997Decode Entertainment is founded
1999Colossal Pictures sells to WildBrain Entertainment
2004Halifax Film Company is founded and CINAR rebrands as Cookie Jar Group
2006Decode and Halifax Film merge forming DHX Media & DIC acquires CPLG
2007DHX Media buys Studio B Productions
2008Cookie Jar Group buys DIC Entertainment
2010DHX Media buys WildBrain Entertainment
2012DHX Media buys Cookie Jar Group
2013DHX Media buys Ragdoll Worldwide
2014DHX Media buys Epitome Pictures and Nerd Corps Entertainment
2016WildBrain Entertainment closes and Studio B merges with Nerd Corps forming DHX Studios
2017DHX Media buys Iconix Brands Entertainment
2019DHX Media rebrands itself as WildBrain

Epitome Pictures Inc. (later known as DHX Studios Toronto and WildBrain Studios) was a Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto, Ontario. Founded by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn in 1992, the company is best known for producing Degrassi: The Next Generation and Degrassi: Next Class, the fourth and fifth respective entries of the Degrassi teen drama franchise, of which was co-created by Schuyler. Other television series produced by Epitome include Liberty Street and Riverdale, and The L.A. Complex. In 2016, Epitome was absorbed into DHX Media (later WildBrain), and the Epitome name and branding ceased.

History[edit]

Schuyler and Stohn founded Epitome Pictures in 1992,[1] and purchased its first studio building in 1995, to film Riverdale.[2] At the time, the studio was allegedly "in a sorry state, with snow melting on the leaking roof and cans catching the water".[2] Its main headquarters were located on a 100,000 square-foot lot in Bartley Drive, Toronto.[3] In April 2014, the company and its library, including the Degrassi series produced before Epitome (The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and the non-fiction documentary series Degrassi Talks), was acquired by fellow Canadian television producer DHX Media for $33 million.[4][5]

After the buyout, Epitome's assets were absorbed into DHX Media, and the studio was renamed DHX Media Toronto in 2016. On April 2, 2019, DHX announced plans to sell the Bartley Drive studio for $12 million, as part of their intentions to streamline its physical operations across Canada.[6] In September that year, DHX Media was renamed WildBrain.[7]

Playing With Time, Inc.[edit]

Playing With Time, Inc. was a Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto, Ontario and the predecessor of Epitome Pictures. Founded by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1976,[8] the company is best known for producing The Kids of Degrassi Street, as well as Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, the first, second, and third respective entries of the Degrassi franchise. Schuyler, a Grade 7 and Grade 8 media teacher at Earl Grey Senior Public School in Toronto in 1976,[9] met Hood, then an editor for television commercials, when she needed help from an experienced editor to save the "muddled footage" of one of her projects.[10] Hood and Schuyler found a balance; editor Hood was inexperienced in writing, and writer/producer Schuyler was inexperienced in editing, leading to their creative partnership.[10] The production offices were located on 935 Queen Street East,[11] where the Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High cast would routinely gather to be taken to the schools where the respective series were filmed.[12]

Epitome Pictures later owned the rights to the three previous Degrassi shows produced by Playing With Time.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Playing With Time[edit]

Epitome Pictures[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Growing up Degrassi". Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  2. ^ a b Zekas, Rita (2013-10-04). "Degrassi their home away from home". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  3. ^ Pinto, Jordan (April 2, 2019). "DHX to sell Toronto studio on Bartley Drive". Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  4. ^ a b "DHX Media Acquires 'Degrassi' Producer Epitome". www.dhxmedia.com. DHX Media. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Houpt, Simon (3 April 2014). "DHX Media Buys Degrassi TV Studio". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "DHX Media selling building in Toronto for $12 million, proceeds to pay down debt | Globalnews.ca".
  7. ^ "DHX Media changing name to WildBrain, begins reorganizing company | CBC News".
  8. ^ "Kit Hood, Co-Creator Of Beloved Canadian TV Series 'Degrassi,' Dies". ET Canada. The Canadian. 25 January 2020. Archived from the original on 2 May 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  9. ^ Ellis 2005, pp. 8
  10. ^ a b c d West, Linda (September 1979). "Introducing...Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler" (PDF). Cinema Canada.
  11. ^ "People want to name a Toronto laneway after Degrassi's co-creator". www.blogto.com. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  12. ^ "Niki Kemeny Interview by Natalie Earl". 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Nick orders Knight Squad, goes for DHX's Mayhem". Kidscreen.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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