Toper Taylor, formerly the top U.S. exec. for Canadian animation house Nelvana, has been named co-chair of the University of Southern California School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors. He, along with fine art dealer and long-time school supporter Putter Pence, will serve a two-year term beginning January 2004.
Taylor, who is in the process of acquiring animation studio Cinar with former Nelvana topper Michael Hirsh, is an alumnus of USC and has served on several boards.
Taylor led Nelvana’s U.S. operations for more than 10 years, helping to build the Canadian animation company into one of the world’s most successful animation entertainment companies. Prior to joining Nelvana, he served as an agent with the William Morris Company. He began his entertainment career in public relations, serving as a publicist with Norman Winter & Associates.
USC has also appointed Craig Jacobson and Ann Ehringer to serve as Councilors on the 12-person board for three-year terms.
The Board of Councilors provides leadership in advancing the mission of the USC School of Fine Arts by spearheading events and fundraising activities in support of the school’s goals, which include offering assistance to enhance the school’s presence in Southern California and beyond, and assisting Dean Ruth Weisberg in identifying and cultivating prospective donors and volunteers.