Linda Schuyler

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Linda Schuyler
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Schuyler at the 70th Peabody Awards
Linda Bawcutt

1948 (age 72–73)
OccupationTelevision producer
(m. 1995)
ChildrenMax Stohn

Linda Schuyler, CM OOnt (/ˈsklər/; née Bawcutt; born in 1948 in London, England) is an English-born Canadian television producer involved in the creation and production of the Degrassi series and Instant Star series of teen programs.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Jack and Joyce Bawcutt, Schuyler immigrated with her family to Canada at the age of 9 and was raised in Paris, Ontario.


After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1974,[1] Schuyler became a school teacher and taught for four years at Earl Grey Senior Public School in Toronto's east end. As a teacher, Schuyler began creating short films, which eventually became the inspiration for Degrassi.[2][3]

From 2004 to 2008 Schuyler executive produced the teen drama television series Instant Star about a young woman (played by Alexz Johnson) who wins a singer/songwriter contest.[4] In 2011 and 2012 she executive produced, alongside her husband, Stephen Stohn, the television series The L.A. Complex (working title: Highland Gardens) for Bell Media in Canada and The CW in the United States, about young Canadians dreaming of fame and fortune while struggling to survive in an apartment-style hotel in Los Angeles.[5][6]


In 1976, she and Kit Hood founded Playing With Time Inc., a production company which made short films and educational documentaries, in particular what became the Kids of Degrassi Street series for CBC Television which spawned the Degrassi franchise, one of the longest-running and most successful franchises in TV history. In United States, has been seen on PBS, The N (later TeenNick) and now, new episodes can be streamed on Netflix.[7]

In the early 1990s, Schuyler and Hood separated and Schuyler founded Epitome Pictures (a subsidiary of DHX Media) which produced several television series and films including Degrassi: The Next Generation. Schuyler continues to serve as executive producer on all projects in the Degrassi franchise, including Degrassi: Next Class, as of 2016.

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, she married her producing partner Stephen Stohn. They have one son together, Max.[citation needed]


In 1994, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[8]

In 2010, she received the Academy Achievement Award, at a Gemini Award ceremony. In 2011, Schuyler was presented the Bonham Centre Award from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, for her contributions to the advancement and education of issues around sexual identification.[9]

In 2012, she was made a member of the Order of Ontario.[10]


  1. ^ "Linda Schuyler - Innis Alumni and Friends".
  2. ^ Zekas, Rita (2013-10-04). "Producers bring real desks, pool, baby photos to famous set — but watch for props in the men's rooms". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  3. ^ "The real-life story that inspired the 'Degrassi' universe". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
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  5. ^ Kelly, Brendan (2010-12-09). "'Degrassi' producers cultivate 'Gardens' - Entertainment News, TV News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  6. ^ "Bell Media Site - MuchMusic". 2011-12-08. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  7. ^ FOX. "Linda Schuyler: creator of the 'Degrassi' series, brings the drama to Netflix". KTTV. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  8. ^ "Linda Schuyler - Innis Alumni and Friends".
  9. ^, 2011-09-14
  10. ^ "27 Appointees Named To Ontario's Highest Honour".

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