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Karen Glasser, a film and television producer with over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry, died on June 8th, after a long struggle with cancer, at the age of 62. Her loving spirit remains with all those whose lives she touched. Karen began her career as an executive assistant before becoming Head of the Story Department at the William Morris Agency in 1984, a post she held for ten years. She left in 1994 to become President of Feature Films for Icon Productions, where she shepherded numerous films from inception through production. She left Icon in 2001 to continue her career as an independent producer. In addition to feature films like Felicia's Journey, an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, The Rundown for Universal Pictures and the animated feature The Ten Commandments, Karen loved to produce programming for children, starting with Animal Atlas and later Safari Tracks, two television series still in national syndication. She leaves many projects in active development. As an ardent animal lover and activist, her favorite work was writing and producing campaign films for various non-profit wildlife groups, especially the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She would ask that anyone so inclined make a contribution to IFAW in her memory. Those of us who knew Karen have either no words or too many words on the occasion of her passing. She will always be with us as an inspiration, and as an example of a spiritual life well lived in selfless devotion to her friends and family. She never met a person or an animal she didn't like, and vice versa. Karen had degrees from Principia College and Washington University. She is survived by her mother Wilda, her brother Paul and his family, and Chris Chesser, her companion and partner of over twenty years.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 13, 2016
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