Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is to be honoured with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the Producers Guild of America Awards in Hollywood on 26 January (13).

The multi-talented producer/writer, who has worked on a number of popular American shows, including Lost, Alias, Fringe, and Person of Interest, will be celebrated for his career accomplishments on the small screen.

Awards Chair Michael DeLuca says, "J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer, series that have changed the landscape of television. His talent is astonishing, and through his commitment to ingenious storytelling, compelling characters and television programming of the highest quality, he truly lives up to this award's namesake."

Past recipients of the prize include Tom Hanks, Aaron Spelling, and DICk Wolf.