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Peter Jackson, Joe Letteri and Weta Digital to Receive Producers Guild 2014 Vanguard Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 11, 2013 at 1:48PM

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19.
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Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Warner Bros. Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital with the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award, which recognizes advancements in new media and technology. It will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19.

Jackson and Letteri‘s Oscar-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital includes in its resume the ongoing “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Avatar” and “King Kong,” among many others.

Previous Vanguard recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, and game designer Will Wright.

This article is related to: Awards, Producers Guild Awards, Peter Jackson, Peter Jackson, VFX


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.