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Sumner Redstone Donates $10M to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts

Donation from CBS and Viacom executive chairman Sumner Redstone will go toward a 2,600-square-foot production facility for USC

Sumner Redstone, CBS Corp. and Viacom executive chairman, has donated $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, a spokesman for the school told TheWrap on Thursday.

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The donation, which was made via the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, will benefit the SCA's media creation education programs, which include a state-of-the-art production facility, which will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building during a Feb. 5 dedication. The building, part of SCA's new Cinematic Arts Complex, contains 2,600-square-feet of production space, with two production stages.

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The School of Cinematic Arts' dean,  Elizabeth M. Daley, praised Redstone's "innumerable creative and visionary endeavors" while announcing the donation.

“Sumner Redstone has supported, inspired and motivated generations of entertainment industry professionals with his innumerable creative and visionary endeavors,” Daley said. “His 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. We are very grateful for his continued support.”

"With this gift, I hope USC students will follow their passions and realize their creative aspirations," Redstone said of the donation. "The capabilities of these production facilities, together with the outstanding SCA faculty, will give students the tools and opportunity to refine their skills and carry on the legacy of creative excellence that has always been at the core of media creation business."