Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone Donates $20 Million to Motion Picture & Television Fund

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Tom Cruise, a longtime supporter of the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), joins Chairman of the MPTF Foundation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Executive Chairman of Viacom and CBS, Mr. Sumner Redstone as he grants a $20 Million gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation to the MPTF Campaign at Paramount Pictures.

This #GivingTuesday, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone embodies the spirit of the holiday season with a big gift to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Campaign. The Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation committed $20 million to the Campaign, which was created to build permanent funding for the broad range of social and charitable services that MPTF provides to more than 15,000 entertainment industry workers and their families each year.

“For more than two decades Sumner Redstone has been one of the most generous supporters of MPTF and now with this extraordinary gift to the Campaign, he is providing for future generations in the entertainment community who need the help, support and services of this extraordinary organization.  I have admired Sumner as one of our industry’s great entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as philanthropists,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation, “and cannot thank him enough for giving back so generously.”

Mr. Redstone said, “My life’s work has been fueled by my passion for the entertainment industry.  At its essence, motion pictures and television programming are wonderfully collaborative enterprises that bring together the talents and skills of many individuals. For me, it is a privilege to help provide essential services for those who truly drive this industry, so they can continue to focus on bringing entertainment magic to so many around the world. I am proud to support the MPTF, a remarkable organization led by some of Hollywood’s leading lights, in its long-term commitment to the film and television community.”

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