Whedon ’87 to Receive Award from Producers Guild of America

Joss Whedon '87

Joss Whedon '87

Joss Whedon ’87 will be honored by the Producers Guild of America with its Vanguard Award, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology. He will receive the award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Previous Vanguard Award recipients include George Lucas, James Cameron, John Lasseter, MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson, and YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright.

Whedon is a producer, writer, director, and creator for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Toy Story’s screenplay, and he wrote and directed the film Serenity. He also created and produced the popular Internet series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, for which he received an Emmy Award this year.

Whedon will be directing a forthcoming episode of the hit television series, Glee. Another upcoming project is The Cabin in the Woods, a feature he co-wrote with Drew Goddard, to be released in 2011.

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: dlow@wesleyan.edu