Corporate History

Ralph C. Ellis Enterprises Ltd.

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Ralph C. Ellis started his own production and distribution company with colour TV in its infancy and two TV networks in Canada, the CBC and CTV Networks.  A true television industry pioneer.  The business operated out of mid-town Toronto for most of its history, at 1300 Yonge Street from 1996 to 2010.

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Milestones

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Ralph's son, Stephen Ellis, joined the business as a teenager in 1973, was appointed President in 1986 and became controling interest in the business in 2002 when his father, Ralph retired.  During the 1980's Ralph's daughter, Cathy served as Head of Marketing, and wife, Eleanor as Corporate Secretary.

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35th Anniversary

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In 1999, the group unveiled new branding at a gala event at Casa Loma in Toronto in celebration of its 35th anniversary.  The distribution arm, known as Ellis Enterprises, was re-branded Ellis Releasing, and the production arm, formerly KEG Productions Limited, was re-dubbed Ellis Vision Inc.

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40th Anniversary

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In 2004, Ellis Entertainment celebrated its 40th anniversary with friends and colleagues at a private function, honoured by congratulatory letters from the Prime Minister of Canada, the federal Heritage Minister, and the Minister of Culture for the province of Ontario.

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45th Anniversary

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In 2009, the company announced a merger with Knightscove Media Corp., which was publicly traded on the TSXV at the time.  Ralph and Stephen Ellis joined the combined business as Consultant and Executive Vice President respectively and created the Knightscove-Ellis International television division.

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50th Anniversary

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In 2015, the entire collection of television assets, known as the Ellis Library, were acquired by Stellis Media Inc., which is owned and controlled by Stephen Ellis.  The Ellis Library includes 600 titles of award-winning television programming seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

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