Chris Meledandri to Receive PGA's Visionary Award

Justin Stephens
Chris Meledandri

The Illumination Entertainment CEO, who produced the animated hit "Despicable Me 2," will be honored at the PGA Awards on Jan. 19

The Producers Guild of America will present Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, with its 2014 Visionary Award at the 25th anniversary Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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The Visionary Award recognizes a television, film or new media producer “for his or her unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.” Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 2, on which Meledandri served as producer, has grossed $906 million worldwide to become the fifth-highest-grossing animated film of all time at the worldwide box office.

“Throughout his career, Chris Meledandri has well established his position as a true visionary,” said PGA Awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca. “He has risen to become a leader within the industry and paved a road for animation that will have a lasting influence. Furthermore, Chris’ skills as a storyteller are matched by his commitment as a philanthropist, and we are proud to recognize him with the 2014 Visionary Award.”