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Sumner Redstone makes $10 million gift to SCA

by Ryan Gilmour
“These production facilities will give students the tools and opportunity to refine their skills," said the media magnate, referring to the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. (Photo/Steve Cohn)
Photo: “These production facilities will give students the tools and opportunity to refine their skills," said the media magnate, referring to the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Media magnate Sumner Redstone has made a $10 million gift to name the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building, part of the Cinematic Arts Complex at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and George Lucas ’66, as well as alumni and friends of the school will attend the dedication of the building on Feb. 5.

“Sumner Redstone has supported, inspired and motivated generations of entertainment industry professionals with his innumerable creative and visionary endeavors,” said SCA Dean Elizabeth M. 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 is majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corp., Viacom, MTV Networks, BET and Paramount Pictures.

“The business of entertainment has been a lifelong passion for me, both professionally and personally,” Redstone said. “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,” he added. “I could not be more pleased to join George Lucas and so many other supporters of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which is educating the future leaders of our industry.”

The 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.

In addition, the building features 2,600 square feet of production space where students learn staging, lighting, directing and producing, among other production skills.

The building is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with a Production Equipment Center, Strand dimming systems and Mole-Richardson lighting, floor lights, grip and electrical hardware, wooden stage floors, soundproofing and sound-proof utility doors, among other features and resources.

Redstone will be joining Hollywood icons, such as Hugh Hefner, Alfred and Alma Hitchcock, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harold Lloyd, Steven Spielberg, Ray Stark and Robert Zemeckis, as well as Lucas, who have buildings and  names of spaces in their honor at SCA.

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