Scorpio Nov 01, 1967 Philadelphia Actor and Producer
Kara Vallow is an American television animation producer best known for her work on the popular series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. She is most often recognized as Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's long time producing partner. Currently, Vallow is producing the animation for the upcoming series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for which she also developed the animation style.
Vallow grew up in Philadelphia, before moving to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts where she studied fine arts and animation. Following graduation, Vallow worked at the NYC-based studio Broadcast Arts, best known for set design for Pee-wee's Playhouse. She eventually moved to Los Angeles to work at Hyperion Pictures as the supervisor of the production layout department on the feature Bébé's Kids, a multi-cultural animated feature film.
Over the next few years, Vallow found herself at Murakami-Wolf as producer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series during its waning years. She later landed at Hanna-Barbera where she produced the series Johnny Bravo, and where she met Seth MacFarlane.
Vallow then went on to Sony to produce their first primetime series, Dilbert, with Larry Charles, which ran on UPN for two seasons. She then took over as producer for season three of Family Guy before its brief cancelation. In 2004, Vallow created and produced the animation sequences in the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary In the Realms of the Unreal directed by Jessica Yu. She produced the MTV series 3 South, the pilot for Comedy Central’s Drawn Together and the presentations for Fox’s American Dad! and an untitled Phil Hendrie pilot, before Fox made the decision to bring back Family Guy for an unprecedented 35 episode order. In order to accommodate producing both Family Guy and American Dad! simultaneously, she built a standalone animation studio for 20th Television and assembled a 200+ person team. She also produced the Fox presentations “Two Dreadful Children” and “Bordertown.” Nominated for five Emmys, Vallow was at one time responsible for three half-hours of programming on Sunday nights: Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show.