Whatever It Takes - Dundurn

Whatever It Takes

Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television

Published March 2018


This book will change the way you think about success.

Producer of television’s iconic Degrassi franchise Stephen Stohn tells stories from behind the scenes and of making it in the music and television world in this star-studded, rock ’n’ roll trip through a Canadian show business explosion. Stohn, who has been at the heart of the entertainment industry for over forty years, shares a lifetime of experience and unique insights into how dreams are turned into reality.

“Whatever It Takes” — both a mantra and Degrassi’s theme song — has been heard millions of times all over the world. It embodies a philosophy of struggle and self-belief leading to accomplishment, as well as the story of an exploring mind, an adventurous pursuit of experience, ringing failures, and the willingness to see things in a different way.



Stephen Stohn

Stephen Stohn is a Canadian entertainment lawyer and the executive producer of the Degrassi television franchise. He was also executive producer of The Juno Awards for two decades, during which he was director and then the chair of CARAS. He lives in Toronto.

Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward, Canada’s original MuchMusic VJ, wrote the world-wide #1 hit “Black Velvet.” His songs have been recorded by Diana Ross, The Backstreet Boys, Amanda Marshall, and many others. He lives in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Martin Gero

Martin Gero is variously the creator, writer, director, and producer of some of television’s hottest series, including NBC’s hit drama Blindspot, HBO’s Bored to Death, the Sci-Fi Channel’s cult hit Stargate: Atlantis, and the CW’s The L.A. Complex. His most recent series is ABC’s Deception, just now starting production, in which a Las Vegas magician begins working as a “consulting illusionist” for the FBI when his career is ruined by scandal. Martin lives in Los Angeles.

Book Details

March 2018
6x9 in
328 pp
March 2018
328 pp