MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson are not only phenomenally rich after their lucrative sale of the kid-friendly site to News Corp. three years ago, now they’re scooping up awards starting with the Producers Guild of America Vanguard prize.
They join YouTube Founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen as 20-something recipients of the accolade. On the slightly more elderly side of the coin, director/producer George Lucas and director James Cameron also took the Vanguard.
The Vanguard, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology, will be presented at the Producers Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.
“Tom and Chris created a lifestyle portal that redefines the Internet for people around the world,” said awards co-chairs David T. Friendly and Laurence Mark. “Their vision resulted in an environment where society interacts at a whole new level.”
DeWolfe and Anderson created MySpace in 2003 and sold it two years later to News Corp. for $770 million.
Kid-friendly (?) News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is having the last laugh. The company is now worth well over $1 billion and climbing.