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.