“Filmed on Redstone 1” or “Filmed on Redstone 2” at the end of student film credits will soon be a common sight at film festivals around the country and the world. Longtime entertainment industry executive Sumner Redstone has named the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building housing two soundstages at the USC School Cinematic Arts (SCA).
In Redstone’s honor, the school hosted a gala reception on Feb. 5 that was attended by filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Frank Price, chairman of the SCA Board of Councilors, SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, and entertainment industry titans Brad Grey, Brian Grazer, Jim Wiatt, Les Moonves and Robert Evans.
“I’ve always said that content is king. It’s the lord of the realm. It’s the highest value in this industry,” said Redstone to the crowd that gathered on Redstone Stage 2 for the dedication ceremony. “USC has been instrumental in celebrating the type of talent that exemplifies this, and it’s my sincere honor to be associated with this great school and to help to shape the future of this industry.
“I’m hoping that adding my name to the Redstone building will further the art of storytelling and that, within its walls, the Spielbergs and Lucases of tomorrow will continue to make magic,” he added.
The two production stages — Redstone Stage 1 and Redstone Stage 2 — housed in the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building 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 Redstone Production Building is currently open and being used by students.
“Sumner’s gift is wonderful and incredibly inspiring for the entire School of Cinematic Arts family and, in particular, our students,” Daley said. “The students that produce work on the Redstone stages will continue to honor Sumner’s generosity and follow his example as an incredible media icon.”
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.
“This building is an important cornerstone of the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” Nikias said at the ceremony. “It is a place where creative ideas will find fulfillment in the real world. With the dedication of this building, Sumner has left his mark on the University of Southern California and, for this, we are forever grateful.”
Spielberg said: “George [Lucas] and I are very grateful to be here to dedicate the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building. I’ve known Sumner for a long time and one of the most important things to understand about him is his commitment to philanthropy. Sumner has exceeded everyone’s expectations when it comes to giving to the Trojan Family.”