The USC School of Cinema-Television will honor Bill Cosby with the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Award for his contributions in advancing the modern media industry and culture.
The award, the third since its establishment in 1992, will be presented April 18 in private ceremonies at USC’s Hoose Library. Walter Annenberg and Kirk Douglas are the previous recipients.
“Perhaps more than any other entertainer, Bill Cosby embodies the best of the entertainment industry,” said Elizabeth Daley, dean of USC’s School of Cinema-Television. “By example, he influences his peers, and most importantly, children across the world to act positively and reach further, instilling laughter and hope along the way.”
Cosby has assisted USC through the Guy Alexander Hanks-Marvin Miller screenwriting program, established in 1993, and the Bill Cosby Summer Youth Institute community outreach program. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 1998 from USC after delivering the commencement address.