The philanthropist and CNN founder will collect the inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award presented in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative.

Turner will collect the honour from Film Independent president Josh Welsh at a private dinner at the home of Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills on June 12.

“With this award we aim to recognise an individual in the world of film and television whose work has demonstrated a deep and long commitment to humanitarian causes,” said Welsh.

“[W]e can think of no more fitting recipient of this award than Ted Turner. We are so honoured to partner with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative on this new award.”

In 1997 Turner established the UN Foundation with a $1bn gift to fund UN causes.