Fox Comedy Hit Maker Adds Third Show to Primetime Lineup

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Producer Kara Vallow currently producing more primetime shows than any woman in industry. Her newest entry The Cleveland Show will join Emmy-nominated Family Guy and American Dad on Sunday nights.

brought the paintings to discreet, sensitive life…

When Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show premieres September 27th, show producer Kara Vallow will be in the unique position of being the force behind three-quarters of Fox Network's Sunday night primetime lineup. Vallow's hit animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad have also been nominated for Emmys this year. Family Guy was up for 'Best Comedy,' the first animated series to be included in that category since The Flintstones in 1961, and American Dad was nominated for the first time in 2009 in the animation category.

In a largely male-dominated industry, Vallow - who currently produces more primetime television shows than any woman working in Hollywood - is responsible for shows that are enormously popular with teenage boys and college-age men, a fact that may surprise the millions of fans of the irreverent comedies.

The Philadelphia native first worked with the show's creator Seth MacFarlane at Hanna-Barbera in 1997, where they both worked on the show Johnny Bravo, before joining him at Family Guy, now in its seventh season. (MacFarlane and Vallow added American Dad to their roster in 2005.) The new Cleveland Show stars Cleveland Brown, the African-American friend of Family Guy's title character Peter Griffin.

Vallow describes her producing partner, Seth MacFarlane, as the most unique creative force working in TV today: thoroughly modern yet hearkening back to the multi-faceted talents of TV and animation's golden age. "He's part Walt Disney, as artist and animator; part Mel Blanc, a wide-ranging voice actor; part Norman Lear, a ground-breaking writer who also spun off multiple TV franchises; part Gilbert & Sullivan, a comic composer and lyricist; and increasingly, even part Frank Sinatra, a romantic crooner."

Vallow's own career follows the ascending arc of animation in general, evolving from a niche, cable and children's media form to become a primetime money-making fixture - as evidenced by the historic 2009 Emmy nod for Family Guy in the 'Best Comedy' category. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York, her first production credit was in the theatre. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked on a range of animated series including Men in Black, Johnny Bravo, 3 South, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dilbert. Vallow also served as Animation Producer for 'In the Realms of the Unreal,' Jessica Yu's Oscar-short-listed film about artist Henry Darger. (The New York Times noted that Vallow "brought the paintings to discreet, sensitive life…")

Vallow credits Fox with single-handedly igniting the modern, primetime animation revolution. "Fox has given us the autonomy to build the best team in the industry, along with the creative freedom to produce a truly funny, envelope-pushing show. And Seth has delivered on that gift by constantly raising the creative bar, and turning just another hit show into a cultural phenomenon - week after week, year after year."


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