Lasseter to receive PGA Selznick Award

First producer of animated films to receive prize

The Producers Guild of America will honor Disney/Pixar animation whiz John Lasseter with its 2010 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures at the 21st annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Lasseter, who holds the title of chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, is the first producer of animated films to be awarded the Selznick, which is given in recognition of a body of work.

He was the co-recipient of the PGA's first-ever Vanguard Award in 2002.

"John Lasseter is a uniquely talented producer with the rare combination of technical ingenuity and creative vision. He's a wonderful storyteller, consistently displaying extraordinary skill, humanity and grace," said David Friendly and Laurence Mark, co-chairs of the PGA Awards.

Lasseter has picked up two Oscars -- one for the short film "Tin Toy" and the other a special achievement award for 1995's "Toy Story" -- and directed "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2" and "Cars." He served as exec producere of "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Wall-E," "Bolt" and this summer's critical and boxoffice hit "Up."