Lynwen Brennanm, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lucasfilm, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) in recognition of her contributions to the visual arts and motion picture entertainment.
The award will be presented at the 20th Annual VES Awards on March 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The winner is chosen by the VES Board of Directors. It recognizes a person and their work that has made a significant contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.
At Lucasfilm, producer of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Brennan oversees all businesses, including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, and is responsible for executing strategy across all businesses. She was also integral to the creation of ILMxLAB, which combines the talents of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound to innovate the creation of interactive storytelling and immersive entertainment experiences.
Brennan joined the company in 1999 as Technical Manager for Industrial Light & Magic. She rose through the ranks to become president of ILM in 2009, and in February 2015 she was promoted to general manager and executive vice president of Lucasfilm. She is the recipient of a CBE in the UK and in 2019 received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television from the British Academy of Film and Television Art in Wales, BAFTA Cymru.
Previous VES Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis. As previously announced, Guillermo del Toro will be the next recipient of the VES Award for Creative Excellence at the 20th Annual VES Awards.
“Lynwen elevated visual effects as an integral part of art and filmmaking,” said VES Board Chair Lisa Cooke. “He is a powerful talent with incredible business acumen, sharp creative and technical instincts, and a vision that has delivered some of the most popular film franchises of all time. The strong sense of culture and community of Lynwen, coupled with her global industry leadership, is paving the way for future generations of artists, innovators and executives, and we are very proud to honor such an exemplary role model with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.