Animex Awards


Dawn Rivera-Ernster

Director, Animation Resources
Disney Animation Studio, Burbank, USA

Dawn Rivera-ErnsterDawn began her career at The Walt Disney Company in March of 2005. As Director of Animation Resources, she worked closely with the filmmakers to recruit creative talent for Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and upcoming future developments.

She previously was the Director of Creative Resources at Universal Studios Parks and Resorts Universal Creative. There she supported the talent resources and design support for the concept design development of various theme parks, rides, shows and attractions at various park and resort locations including Universal Studios Japan, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Port Aventura and Universal Studios Hollywood. As Director of Creative Services for the Saban Entertainment, Dawn managed the Consumer Products Creative Services group developing logo brands, style guides and all marketing and design for the Power Rangers, Fox Kids Network and all new series pitches. She was also the Director of Licensing at ITC Entertainment and DIC Entertainment where she helped launched domestic and international license campaigns for Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline and Guess’ Wild Guess character line. Dawn has extensive experience with consumer products, product development and franchise branding; she began her career as a Line Designer at Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Dawn majored in Advertising and Design from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois and continues her studies in art and Anthropology and is a member of ASIFA, AIGA, The Society of Children’s Books and Writers, and Women in Animation.