The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) will present the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment with the 2014 Visionary Award.

Meledandri, riding high on the $900m-plus global success of Despicable Me 2, will collect his honour on January 19 at the 25th Anniversary Producers Guild awards ceremony in Beverly Hills.

“I have spent my career working alongside brilliant, passionate filmmakers to tell the types of stories that move audiences, and to receive recognition for this from the peers whose work I deeply admire makes this award all that more meaningful,” said Meledandri.

“Throughout his career, Chris Meledandri has well established his position as a true visionary,” said PGA Awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca.

Previous honorees include Russell Simmons, Laura Ziskin and Jeff Skoll.