Industrial Light & Magic will be honored with the inaugural Visionary Vanguard Award at the 27th annual PGA Awards ceremony on January 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza In Los Angeles. ILM President Lynwen Brennan and Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll will accept the award on behalf of the company.

The award recognizes ILM’s groundbreaking work in visual effects and innovations that have revolutionized storytelling. Previously, the Visionary Award and Vanguard Award were presented to separate recipients. This year, the PGA says because of the unique nature of ILM’s contributions to technology and entertainment, the Guild has combined the two awards into a single honor.

“The decision to combine these two awards is a testament to the incredible achievements of ILM over the past 40 years,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd. “ILM’s dedication to advancing the creative possibilities of film has inspired the imaginations of storytellers worldwide and provided the tools to transport audiences to richly immersive new worlds.”

ILM has played a key role in numerous worldwide box-office hits, including Star Wars Episodes I – VII, the Harry Potter franchise, the Transformers franchise, the Marvel Universe, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Revenant, among others.

The Producers Guild 2016 Visionary Vanguard Award is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.