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Her Story in the Making : Karen Toliver

We salute Karen Toliver EVP of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation for her creative efforts in the world of animation. She is HerStory in the making,

In her role, Toliver is also in charge of recruiting key storytelling talent and discovering and acquiring new creative material and intellectual property aligned with Sony Pictures Animation’s vision including original concepts, books, comics, video games, shorts, websites, and toys.

Toliver is also the producer of the Academy Award®-winning animated short film, "Hair Love," directed by Matthew A. Cherry.

Toliver has extensive experience in production and development, including 10 years at Fox Animation where she supervised the production of the "Rio" film franchise and the latest three films in the "Ice Age" series, which grossed a combined $3.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Toliver also spearheaded the original feature "Ferdinand," which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. cherry (best animated short, Hair Love)

“We have a firm belief that representation matters deeply, especially in cartoons because they shape how we see our world. We want to normalise black hair. This award is dedicated to Kobe Bryant. May we all have a second act that is as good as his.”

Follow Karen on Instagram @Karenrtoliver


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