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Sumner Redstone donates $10 million to USC Cinematic Arts

January 17, 2013|By Meg James
  • Billionaire Sumner Redstone has donated $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help further the media production education programs at the school, including a state-of-the-art production facility.
Billionaire Sumner Redstone has donated $10 million to the USC School of… (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Billionaire Sumner Redstone has donated $10 million to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The gift will be earmarked to help further the media production education programs at the school, including a state-of-the-art production facility.

Redstone is executive chairman of media companies Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.

The facility will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building. It will be part of the school's new Cinematic Arts Complex, which will be dedicated Feb. 5.

Over the years, the 89-year-old mogul has contributed more than $100 million to various institutions and causes, including the Massachusetts General Hospital, USC Keck School of Medicine, Autism Speaks, Cambodian Children’s Fund and the Global Poverty Project, among others.

Last year, the Harvard Law School graduate donated $18 million to expand and improve the facilities at the Boston University School of Law.

"I could not be more pleased to join Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and so many other supporters of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which is educating the future leaders of our industry,” Redstone said in a statement.

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