Co- President, Film Division- Rhythm & Hues Studios

A veteran of the visual effects and animation arena, with a career spanning more than twenty years, Erika Burton has held leadership positions in the top tier of entertainment companies, including Disney, Industrial Light + Magic and Rhythm & Hues Studios.

As co-president of Rhythm & Hues’ Film division, Erika shares leadership duties with Lee Berger, the division’s president. Together, they are responsible for the extensive client relations and production management associated with the studio’s core animation and vfx production service work, in tandem with the division’s senior management team. In addition, Erika utilizes her vast experience and network of relationships within the entertainment industry to facilitate the studio’s emphasis on the development of new original content.

Prior to her current position, Erika served as vice president of production for Disney Animation. She was the executive producer for R&H Films from 2006 to early 2011, overseeing teams whose work included the Academy Award-winning “The Golden Compass,” (for Achievement in Visual Effects, 2008), and the highly successful “Alvin & Chipmunks” and “Night at the Museum” franchises. Erika was the vfx producer for R&H on the Oscar-nominated “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and vfx produced “Evan Almighty” and “Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat’ for the studio.

Before joining R&H in 2002, Erika produced effects at The Secret Lab/Dream Quest Images on such films as “Reign of Fire,” “The Kid,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Instinct” and “Deep Rising.” At Industrial Light + Magic she moved up through the ranks working on “Mission: Impossible,” “Men in Black” and other projects. Erika’s early career featured stints at Jim Henson Productions, Showtime Networks and Triad Artists.

Erika is a graduate of UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History

Speaker years: 
2012