TONY OLIVER, who was recently named to IMDB’s list of the top 20 All Time Anime Voice Actors, began his career over 25 years ago as an actor on stage and on camera, performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide release ("The Sea Prince and the Fire Child"). His first foray into television was as the lead voice in the groundbreaking animated series "Robotech". Following that, Tony continued to voice act, but turned his attention to writing and was soon working as a freelance writer on several cable series for children including "Macron 1" and "Mapletown".
In 1988 he joined the staff of Saban Entertainment, story editing the long running Nickelodeon series "The Noozles". He quickly rose through the ranks, producing, story editing and voice directing numerous broadcast and cable series as well as promotional pieces and sales presentations. In 1990 he wrote and co-produced an award winning animatic adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s "The Jungle Book". Soon after, he produced a number of specials and home entertainment projects and began working as a development writer. He participated in the development of several animated series including the critically praised "Little Shop" series on FOX.
In 1992, Haim Saban (CEO of Saban Entertainment) asked Tony to help him and development executive Ellen Levy-Sarnoff create a new kind of children's television show. The result was the mega children's hit, "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Tony not only served as the development producer but also wrote the pilot episode, produced the network presentation and story edited the first two seasons. As Supervising Producer, Tony took on the additional responsibilities of writing, producing and directing the Power Rangers live appearances including the February 1994 appearance at Universal Studios, Hollywood, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day.
In early 1994, Tony was named Supervising Producer of "Saban's VR Troopers". Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger - Live Tour". He then spent several months in Sydney, Australia consulting on the 20th Century Fox summer release "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - The Movie". In 1995 Tony was named Co-Producer of “Power Rangers”. Following that he produced a number short run series, PSA’s and specials for FOX Kids Network and Fox Family Channel as well as Co-Executive Producing and Co-Directing a family feature film entitled, “Rusty: The Great Rescue” starring Hal Holbrook, Rue McClanahan and a menagerie of talking animals. Before leaving Saban Entertainment, Tony produced a “Power Rangers” retrospective special, which earned significant Saturday morning ratings among kids and was the top rated program on FOX Kids the day it aired.
Since leaving Saban Entertainment in 1999, Tony has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Video Games, and New Media including “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game; “Daigunder”, for ABC Family/Disney; “Gurren Lagann” a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” which premiered on screens nationwide, and "Martha & Friends", from Martha Stewart and 4Kids Entertainment as well as voice directing numerous video games like “League of Legends.” Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked Too”, “ The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokagein “Naruto”,as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and“BlazBlue”. More recently he adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie”, “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan”, “Fate/Zero” and “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, voice directed the highly anticipated “Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc”, and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s “NFL Rush Zone” and the animated musical series “Iesodo” in the title role.