Simpsons To Hit 500; Groening Donates 500

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Episode 500 of “The Simp­sons” set to air Sun­day on Fox. Show cre­ator Matt Groen­ing will cel­e­brate the mile­stone by donat­ing $500,000 to the UCLA School of The­ater, Film and Tele­vi­sion. The money will endow the Matt Groen­ing Chair in Ani­ma­tion, financ­ing vis­it­ing mas­ter artists to instruct stu­dents in the school’s ani­ma­tion program.

Groen­ing will fur­ther donate a sec­ond install­ment to the Matt Groen­ing ini­tia­tive, an annual dona­tion the artist makes to sup­port stu­dent film­mak­ers pro­duc­ing ani­mated shorts with socially respon­si­ble themes.

With this amaz­ing gift, Matt has given our stu­dents enor­mous sup­port and ensured that we will be able to take our pro­gram to even greater lev­els of excel­lence. Our ani­ma­tion stu­dents will ben­e­fit greatly from this endow­ment,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of The­ater, Film and Television.

This is a red-letter month for the Simp­sons cre­ator. He will receive a star on the Hol­ly­wood walk of fame later this month. Groen­ing also cre­ated the ani­mated series “Futu­rama” and wrote the comic strip “Life In Hell.”

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