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Jennifer Coe Baxter, an entertainment attorney whose career led to several senior executive positions at several film studios, died July 23 of cancer. She was 62 years old.

Co Baxter’s career in entertainment spanned more than 30 years, working in the business and legal departments of Sony Pictures Entertainment, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Interscope and DreamWorks Animation Studios.

She joined the legal affairs group at Columbia Pictures—which later became Sony Pictures Entertainment—in the fall of 1986, where her responsibilities included supporting the production and distribution of feature films and motion pictures.

Her vast experience across production and special effects earned her a promotion to Co-Chairman of the Business and Legal Group for Sony Pictures Digital. The films in which she was closely involved during her career were “Stuart Little”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Trolls” and “Starship Troopers”.

Her experience in special effects and the animation side of films led to her getting an executive position at DreamWorks. She has also held the position of Director of Business and Legal at Interscope Communications during her career.

Kuo Baxter was born and raised in Hawaii and pursued his higher education at Wellesley College and New York University School of Law. She began her legal career in Los Angeles as an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers in 1984 after serving as a clerk for U.S. District Judges Malcolm Lucas and Edward Huff.

Her husband, Tom Baxter, is survived. Her son Charlie. her parents, Frank and Dora Ko; her brother Doug is her sister-in-law, Nancy Baxter, Jenny Tau Baxter, and Anne Baxter Perrin; her siblings, Charlie Baxter and Mark Perrin; her nieces, Lauren Baxter and Amelia Perrin; and her nephews, Will Baxter and Colin Perrin.

Donations in Jennifer’s honor can be made either to Pasadena Arts Alliance or Descanso Gardens.

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