USC marks 25 years of Stark

Program's founders feted at campus event

HOLLYWOOD — A cluster of USC Peter Stark Producing Program students and alums toasted its silver anniversary Sunday in an apt way for a school that has bred so many producers and executives: Shmooze … watch a film … and shmooze some more.

Festivities, held at the USC campus at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theater, featured a look back at program’s quarter-century of yielding Hollywood players, moderated by Daily Variety vice president and editor-in-chief Peter Bart.

The program’s founders, including the late Art Murphy, formerly a Daily Variety scribe, were recalled.

“He was an extraordinary, gifted journalist, and of course he really was a dedicated teacher,” Bart said of Murphy. “I like to feel I spurred on his career into teaching by virtue of the fact that I shit-canned him from Variety.”

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