Alum Unkrich to receive Pickford kudo at May 13 ceremony

Sumner Redstone, executive chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp., will give the commencement address at the 2011 USC School of Cinematic Arts graduation ceremony.

Also at the ceremony, alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3″) will receive the school’s Mary Pickford Foundation Award.

Redstone has been chairman of Viacom since 1986 and also serves as chairman of National Amusements. He is a member of the advisory council for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, on the board of trustees for the Paley Center for Media and sits on the executive committee for the National Assn. of Theater Owners. Redstone has given millions to USC’s Keck School of Medicine and has lectured at USC in the past.

Unkrich graduated from USC in 1991 and joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994. He was an editor on “Toy Story,” then moved up to supervising film editor for “A Bug’s Life.” Unkrich made his directorial debut as co-director of “Toy Story 2,” later co-directing “Monsters, Inc.” and the Academy Award-winning “Finding Nemo.”

The ceremony is May 13 at the Shrine Auditorium.

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