Jonas Rivera

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Jonas Rivera
Jonas Rivera 2009.jpg
Rivera in May 2009 promoting Up
Born Castro Valley, California, U.S.[1]
Residence Oakland, California, U.S.[2]
Education Film Production[2]
Alma mater San Francisco State University[2]
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1994–present
Employer Pixar
Notable work Up, Inside Out
Spouse(s) Michele
Children 3

Jonas Rivera is an American film producer. He produced the animated films Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015). Rivera is an alumnus of San Francisco State University who has worked with Pixar Animation Studios since 1994.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rivera was born and raised in Castro Valley, California. As a boy, he wanted to become an animator, but according to him, he could not draw: "I was a terrible artist, and I still am."[3] Rivera graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Film Production.[2]


In 1994, in the last year of making Toy Story, he joined Pixar as the first production intern:[3] "I saw Luxo Jr. in a class and liked it so much I cold-called Pixar."[4] Since then he worked on almost every Pixar film, at first as a coordinator and manager.[2] In 2009, as the producer of Up, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[5] Rivera also produced Pete Docter's Inside Out (2015), for which they won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Rivera is married to Michele.[7] They have three children: daughters Ava and Elsa[1] and son William.[7] He is of Mexican American descent.[8]



  1. ^ a b Hartlaub, Peter (March 6, 2010). "Q&A: "Up" producer and Oscar nominee Jonas Rivera". SFGate. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jonas Rivera". Pixar Weekend. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Hartlaub, Peter (March 6, 2010). "'Up' producer Jonas Rivera dreams of Oscar". SFGate. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Kiefer, Jonathan (June 2006). "Pixar at Twenty". Diablo Magazine. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "The 82nd Academy Awards (2010) Nominees and Winners". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 7, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Jonas Rivera - Awards". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  7. ^ a b Disney Pixar (August 27, 2014). "A pitcher-perfect family at this weekend's Oakland A's game. Producer Jonas Rivera, his wife Michele, their son William, and the A's mascot Stomper the Elephant were all there to celebrate Jonas throwing the first pitch". Instagram. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
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  9. ^ a b c d "Jonas Rivera". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  10. ^ Kenny, Mary (April 18, 2016). "Oscar-winning producer Jonas Rivera to be SF State Commencement speaker". SF State News. Retrieved September 19, 2017.

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