John W. Burton was an American cinematographer and producer best known for his work at Warner Bros. Cartoons. Burton was born on August 18, 1906, in Rockford, Illinois. He was employed in Los Angeles at Leon Schlesinger Productions, which made the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons for Warmer Bros., as a cameraman, technician and general troubleshooter. In 1944, after Warner Bros. bought out Schlesinger and the studio was renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons, Burton was promoted to production manager. In 1957, he was promoted to producer and was able to accept the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject for 1958 for the Bugs Bunny cartoon Knighty Knight Bugs. Burton left Warner Bros. in 1960 to become an executive at Pacific Title and Art which Schlesinger founded.
Burton died June 1, 1978, at age 71 in Los Angeles.