Gift To Fund The Sumner M. Redstone Production Building, A State-Of-The-Art Student Production Facility To Be Dedicated On February 5
Sumner M. Redstone, a visionary pioneer in the film and television industry, and Executive Chairman and Founder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, has made a $10 million gift to the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), home to the world’s oldest and the most prestigious cinematic arts programs. The gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation was announced today by SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley and will further the media creation education programs at the school, which include a state-of-the-art production facility, to be named the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building. The Redstone Production Building is part of SCA’s expansive new Cinematic Arts Complex and will be dedicated on February 5, 2013.

Redstone has become an active member of the SCA community of supporters in recent years, and delivered the School’s 2011 Commencement address, where he told students to remember their importance as content creators.

“Sumner Redstone has supported, inspired and motivated generations of entertainment industry professionals with his innumerable creative and visionary endeavors,” said SCA Dean Elizabeth Daley. “His generous contribution to SCA and its students will go far and wide toward advancing the ambitions and goals of the next generation of media makers. We are very grateful for his continued support.”

Redstone said: “The business of entertainment has been a life-long passion for me, both professionally and personally. With this gift, I hope USC students will follow their passions and realize their creative aspirations. The capabilities of these production facilities, together with the outstanding SCA faculty, will give students the tools and opportunity to refine their skills and carry on the legacy of creative excellence that has always been at the core of media creation business. I could not be more pleased to join Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and so many other supporters of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which is educating the future leaders of our industry.”

The Sumner M. Redstone Production Building houses two production stages (Redstone Stage 1 and Redstone Stage 2) that are used each year by approximately 1,000 students from the School’s various divisions spanning film, television and new media production. The building features 2,600 square feet of production space where students collaborate while learning key production skills such as staging, lighting, directing, producing and forming and leading a crew.

The building is a state-of-the-art production facility that rivals that of the city’s top film studios. It is equipped with industry standard Strand dimming systems and Mole-Richardson lighting; floor lights, grip and electrical hardware, a Production Equipment Center, wooden stage floors, sound proofing and sound proof utility doors, among many others features and resources.

About USC School of Cinematic Arts

Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 80 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The school offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, and interactive media, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. USC was voted the #1 game design school in North America for its graduate and undergraduate degree programs by the Princeton Review and GamePro Magazine for three consecutive years.

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