Stephen J. Cannell was an American television producer, writer and founder of Cannell Entertainment (previously Stephen J. Cannell Productions), Cannell Studios and North Shore Studios, alongside partner Paul Bronfman.
Stephen was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1964, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. After college, Stephen was hired by the television production branch of Universal Studios, where he wrote for It Takes a Thief, Ironside and Columbo. Soon after, he was appointed story editor of police series, Adam-12.
In 1979, Stephen left Universal to form Stephen J. Cannell Productions and in 1987, he ventured to Canada shoot his new series, Stingray, in Calgary and then Vancouver. With more and more productions coming to film in Vancouver, Stephen founded a partnership alongside Paul Bronfman and Comweb Corporation in 1988. A year later, they built a new, state-of-the-art facility, North Shore Studios.
Throughout his long and varied career, Stephen created or co-created almost 40 television series, including The A-Team, The Rockford Files (which awarded him an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1978) and 21 Jump Street.