Fox Animation taps Toliver


Karen Rupert Toliver has joined 20th Century Fox Animation as vp production.

Toliver, who replaces John Cohen, will focus on the development and production of animated projects and will report to Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison.

For more than a decade, Toliver has worked both sides of film fence -- live action and animation -- most recently working on the development of the "Curious George" movie for Universal Pictures.

Toliver had been at Disney Feature Animation, serving as a production executive on "Brother Bear," "Chicken Little" and "Meet the Robinsons." She also brought the book "Frog Princess" to the studio.

Before that, she was vp at James Pentecost Prods., where she focused on developing family properties in features and made-for-television, including the feature sequel to "Roger Rabbit."

Toliver began her career as an assistant to producer Julia Dray at Walt Disney Pictures working on the "Mighty Ducks" franchise.

"Karen has the expertise and sensibility with the development and production of big, all-audience, animated movies, and her taste and talents fall perfectly in line with the films that we make here at Fox Animation," Morrison said.