January 17, 2013

Sumner Redstone Makes Major Donation to SCA

Industry Icon Names The Sumner M. Redstone Production Building

Sumner Redstone has changed the face of the entertainment industry. His leadership at Viacom and CBS will be studied by students of the moving image and the entertainment industry for generations to come. Students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts will now be able to study Redstone’s legacy in a building named in his honor. Redstone has made a $10 million gift to the School to name the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building, part of its expansive new Cinematic Arts Complex.

Sumner Redstone lecturing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

The Dedication of the Sumner M. Redstone Production Building will be attended by alum/director George Lucas, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and many others alumni and friends of the School.

“The business of entertainment has been a lifelong passion for me, both professionally and personally,” said Redstone. “With this gift, I hope USC students will follow their passions and realize their creative aspirations. 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. 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.”

The $10 million gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation was announced today by SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley and will further the media creation education programs at the School. The Redstone Production Building is part of SCA’s expansive new Cinematic Arts Complex and will be dedicated on February 5, 2013.  

“Sumner Redstone has supported, inspired and motivated generations of entertainment industry professionals with his innumerable creative and visionary endeavors,” said Daley. “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.”


The Sumner M. Redstone Production Building houses two production stages (Redstone Stage 1 and Redstone Stage 2) that are used each year by approximately 1,000 students from the School’s various divisions spanning film, television and new media production. The building features 2,600 square feet of production space where students collaborate while learning key production skills such as staging, lighting, directing, producing and forming and leading a crew.

The building is a state-of-the-art production facility that rivals those of the city’s top film studios. It is equipped with industry standard Strand dimming systems and Mole-Richardson lighting, floor lights, grip and electrical hardware, a Production Equipment Center, wooden stage floors, soundproofing and sound-proof utility doors, among many others features and resources.

Redstone will be joining Hollywood icons such as Alfred and Alma Hitchcock, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harold Lloyd, Ray Stark, Robert Zemeckis, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Hugh M. Hefner and many others by dedicating space in the SCA Complex.