John Panzarella To Receive Location Managers Guild International’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Working with directors such as Cameron Crowe, Lawrence Kasdan, Blake Edwards, Barry Levinson, Curtis Hanson, Mike Nichols, Nancy Meyers, Warren Beatty and the Coen Brothers, his many credits include Lethal Weapon, Grand Canyon, Disclosure, The Parent Trap, Nurse Betty, Bandits, Elizabethtown, World Trade Center, Charlie Wilson’s War, Larry Crowne, Aloha, Jason Bourne, Hail, Caesar! and Rules Don’t Apply.
The LMGI is not a labor union and does not represent location managers in contract negotiations.” /> Founded in 2003, the LMGI is a nonprofit organization of career location professionals working in film, TV, commercials and print.
“The LMGI is honored to recognize John Panzarella, who has made indelible contributions to the craft of location management,” said John Rakich, LMGI president and Awards Committee chair. He is most deserving to be honored with this year’s LMGI Lifetime Achievement Award.” “With a career that spanned over 35 years of cinema classics and the great fortune to work with some amazing directors, producers and legendary production designers, it’s highly likely he has location managed more feature film days in Los Angeles than any other location manager.
Vice, which was released in 2018, was his final project before retiring. In a career spanning four decades, one of Panzarella’s specialties was finding locations in and around Los Angeles to stand in for foreign locales. While working on Vice, which starred Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney, his team managed to find seven countries and six states spanning six decades in and around the city.
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John Panzarella will be this year’s recipient of the Location Managers Guild International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be presented at the ninth annual LMGI Awards, which are returning live to the Los Angeles Center Studios on August 27.

Illumination’s Chris Meledandri To Get Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

It will be presented as part of the 17th annual VES Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton. The Visual Effects Society has chosen Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri to receive the group's VES Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019.
Meledandri was also the founding president of 20th Century Fox Animation, where he created the Ice Age franchise.
In all, Illumination pics have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide, with its brand becoming a merchandising, mobile game and theme park staple. Meledandri's run at Illumination which he launched in 2008 with the start of the Despicable Me franchise includes The Secret Life of Pets and Sing and most recently Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. The Despicable Me movies are the highest-grossing animated franchise in movie history.
His leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and he has helped redefine the profile of animation and visual effects on a global scale. We are very proud to honor Chris with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.”” /> “He is an amazing creative force and powerhouse producer, whose unique vision has delivered some of the most popular movie franchises of all time. “Chris Meledandri has greatly contributed to the advancement and ever-increasing success of mainstream animated entertainment over the last 20 years,” VES board chair Mike Chambers said Friday in announcing the honor.
The honor, bestowed by the VES board of directors, "recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry."

Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

As virtual production art director, Newberry shared a 2010 ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design for the James Cameron 3D pic that remains the top-grossing movie of all time. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology, he has worked on films made that way including Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and the biggest of them all, Avatar. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades.
Starting in the mid-1970s, he worked as the art designer on multiple episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan Run and A Man Called Sloane. By the 1980s, he was focusing on film and served as art director for such films as the 1981 Mel Brooks comedy History of the World – Part I, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Mask, Monster House and Mars Needs Moms. His production designer credits include Ghost Story, Out of Bounds and Noises Off.
In 1987, Newberry was tapped for his "place making" film design expertise and began work as Executive Art Director for Universal Creative. He wrapped his 14 years at Universal Creative as the Creative Director for Universal Studios Japan.” /> He continued designing theme parks across the globe and was an in-house consultant on planning projects at Universal Studios Hollywood and on projects in Barcelona, Paris, London and Singapore. He was a lead designer responsible for the planning and construction of Universal Studios theme parks and back-lot set streets.
Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the ADG Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland.