Erika Burton joins DNEG Animation as President, along with Tom Jacomb

Erika Burton joins DNEG Animation as President, along with Tom Jacomb

LONDON–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–DNEG, a leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for feature film, television and multi-platform content creation, today announced that Erika Burton will join its DNEG Animation division as president. Burton, who will share both the title of president and leadership responsibilities with DNEG Animation president Tom Jacomb, is joining the division to support its rapid growth and development.

Burton, who was previously president of VFX production at DNEG, has prior experience in the animation industry with stints at Disney Animation and DreamWorks. His focus at DNEG Animation will be on production, resource management, training and operations, working in unison with Jacomb who will focus on creativity, client outreach and management, and IP and content development. original.

“I am delighted to welcome Erika to the team as we continue to establish DNEG Animation as the best place in the industry to build her career,” said Tom Jacomb, President of DNEG Animation. “We have more exciting projects, more growth and expansion, and more original content and co-productions on the horizon, and Erika will be absolutely instrumental in helping to ensure we have a solid foundation to build on. I am also thrilled that she will contribute her compassion, warmth and expertise to the incredible work our teams are already doing to put equality, diversity and inclusion at the center of everything we do here at DNEG Animation.”

In recent years, DNEG Animation has grown from a small team in London to a global team of approximately 850 employees working in studios in London, Montreal, Mumbai, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Toronto. The company’s first animated feature film, Locksmith Animation’s rum gone wrongreceived a theatrical release in October 2021, subsequently earning multiple Annie Award nominations and winning “Best Film” at the 2022 British Animation Awards.

“I am excited and honored to be joining Tom and the animation team at DNEG,” said Burton. “I have been fortunate to work with some immensely talented animation and VFX teams over the course of my career, and I love both disciplines equally. There is something really compelling and challenging about animated filmmaking that continues to draw me in and this is just a tremendous new opportunity.”

“Working with the DNEG VFX teams over the last year has been a career highlight, but when the invitation came to join Tom, David [Prescott, SVP Creative]Crosby [Clyse, Head of Production] and all the other talented people on the animation side of our business, it was something I couldn’t turn down,” Burton continued. “We have some truly amazing projects in the pipeline at DNEG Animation, as well as some exciting opportunities to push the creative and technical boundaries of animated content production to their limits.”

DNEG Animation is currently in production on ‘Nimona’ (Annapurna Pictures/Netflix), ‘Garfield’ (Alcon Entertainment/Sony), ‘That Christmas’ (Locksmith Animation), and an unannounced episodic animated series for a major streamer.

Burton and the DNEG animation team are at the Annecy Film Festival with two screening sessions on Thursday, June 16, 2022:

11:30 a.m. Roads to DNEG

A tour of the roles, locations and projects at DNEG Animation, and the paths you can take to join the team.

14:00 DNEG Animation: A Proper Greeting

The leadership team will share how they built a startup animation studio within an established, award-winning visual effects company and how it stays true to the history, art, and craft of animation while leveraging technology for the future.

On January 25, 2022, DNEG announced its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AKIC). Following the closing of the business combination, which is expected in the first half of 2022, the combined public company will be named DNEG. For more information on the transaction, visit

About DNEG

DNEG ( is one of the world’s leading animation and visual effects (VFX) companies for the creation of feature films, television and multi-platform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with offices and studios around the world in North America (Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver), Europe (London), and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, and Mumbai). DNEG’s critically acclaimed work has earned the company seven Academy Awards.® for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTAs and Primetime EMMYs® Awards for high quality VFX work.

DNEG Animation is a full-service animation studio that embraces creativity and technological innovations to allow filmmakers the freedom to bring their stories to life in a new era of animation. Current and future projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners include Nimona, Garfield, Y That Christmas.

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