University will name production building after magnate

Sumner Redstone has donated $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to further the school’s media creation education programs.

Viacom/CBS topper delivered the school’s 2011 commencement address.

“I’ve always had a passion for film, and I’ve always been interested in people who have creative instincts,” Redstone told Variety. “I picked USC because I think it’s one of the best, possibly the best of its kind, in America, and I want to use all my efforts to provide facilities to young people who have creative instincts like I did.”

The building to be named the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building will house two existing production stages that are used by approximately 1,000 students from the school’s film, TV and new media production divisions.

“(Redstone’s) 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,” said SCA dean Elizabeth Daley, who announced the gift today.

The 2,600-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with Strand dimming systems and Mole-Richardson lighting; floor lights, grip and electrical hardware; a production equipment center; wooden stage floors; and soundproofing and soundproof utility doors.

Four years ago Redstone donated $3 million to USC’s med school, and he recently donated a major gift to Boston U. Building is part of SCA’s new Cinematic Arts Complex and will be dedicated Feb. 5.

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