“Bridesmaids” and “Spy” director and USC alumnus Paul Feig will deliver this year’s commencement speech at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts graduation at the Shrine Auditorium on May 13.
“Sherlock Holmes” and “The Judge” producer Susan Downey will be receiving the Mary Pickford Alumni Award, which honors USC men and women who have brought special distinction to both the SCA and the film and TV industry.
“We are thrilled to have two outstanding SCA alumni — Paul Feig and Susan Downey — honor our 2016 graduating class with personal addresses,” said USC SCA dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Both have long been inspirations and exemplary role models for our students, and we are looking forward to welcoming them home.”
Both Feig and Downey received a Bachelor’s in film production from USC SCA.
Downey produced “Iron Man 2,” “The Book of Eli,” “Gothika” and “RocknRolla.”
Feig joins Steven Spielberg, Jay Roach, Jim Gianopulos, Stacey Sher, Barry Meyer, Sumner Redstone, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Laura Ziskin as the school’s acclaimed commencement speakers.
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Feig, who also directed “The Heat,” is directing the 2016 reboot of “Ghostbusters,” which stars “Bridesmaids” alum Melissa McCarthy. He’s also a prolific TV writer and director; his show “Freak and Geeks” earned him two Emmy nominations. He was nominated for his work on “The Office,” and won a DGA award for the quirky comedy.
Feig’s “Ghostbusters” will hit theaters on July 15.