Cheryl Foliart’s career has followed a varied path: from award-winning instrumentalist and graduate of USC’s prestigious music program to music producer and to music executive. During this most recent phase of her career she has worked on the music for some of the greatest shows in television history.
Beginning at Paramount in the mid 80’s, Cheryl Foliart had the opportunity to oversee such Nielson favorites as “Cheers,” “Family Ties,” “Webster,” “McGyver,” “Star Trek: the Next Generation” and the first series made for cable,“Brothers.” During her tenure there, she was instrumental in organizing hundreds of recording sessions, most of which were done at the venerable Stage M (now closed, unfortunately), and had the opportunity to work with the leading composers and musicians of that era. She credits music contractor Carl Fortino, music copyist Bob Bornstein, music clearance /rights expert Eldridge Walker, and music editor Jack Hunsaker at Paramount for her on-the-job training, which she describes as her post-graduate education in music.
After leaving Paramount in 1990, she became one of the youngest department heads at the Walt Disney Company, where she has served as Vice-President since 1996. She worked with Executive music producer Chris Montan in TV animation music and then moved into hour-long dramas and musicals. Over the course of her Disney career she has organized and directed the day to day activities on thousands of episodes of such television classics as “Home Improvement” and the current hits “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Scrubs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Criminal Minds” and “Ugly Betty.
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