The Producers Guild of America will recognize a visionary from the world of video games for the first time ever when Sims creator Will Wright receives the Vanguard Award at the 2007 Producers Guild Awards. Wright will be honored along with film producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Universal Studios chief operating officer Ron Meyer, among others, when the awards are presented on Jan. 20 at the Centry Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
“Will Wright is the icon of the gaming industry and one of the great producers of entertainment content,’ say PGA Awards co-chairs Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. ‘His creations have transcended into feature films and continue to entertain a global audience. We are proud to have him be the first Vanguard recipient from the gaming universe.”
Bruckheimer will be presented with the Norman Lear Acheivement Award in Television and Meyer will receive the Milestone Award. Other honorees will include Emmy and Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich, who will get the Visionary Award, and Stuart Little producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, recipients of the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
The nominees in this year’s animated motion picture competition are expected to be announced soon. This is only the second year that the PGA has had an animation category. Last year, the group gave the top award to DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animations Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.