The USC Annenberg communication school’s Media Center of the new Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named for CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife, “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen, who have made a major donation to the university.
The 20,000-square-foot Media Center – which combines Annenberg’s student-run digital, broadcast, radio and public relations – is officially being named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. It was one of several buildings in the USC media and entertainment departments that bear the names of high-profile Hollywood figures.
Chen, who also hosts CBS’ “Big Brother,” is a USC graduate. Moonves attended Bucknell University and is a member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Board of Councilors. Moonves and Chen will commemorate the building’s christening at a Feb. 25 event.
The specific amount of the donation was not disclosed. The Wallis Annenberg Hall, a $59-million building, opened on Oct. 1 last year.
USC stated that it has amassed more than $100 million toward a two-year-old fundraising initiative intended to generate $150 million to finance the new building as well as scholarships, chaired professorships and student projects.