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Sumner Redstone Gives $650K to Global Poverty Project

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 27, 2012 at 4:58PM

The Global Poverty Project announced today that Viacom and CBS Corporation executive chairman Sumner Redstone's Charitable Foundation has donated $650K to aid its $100 million Global Action campaign.
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Sumner Redstone

The Global Poverty Project announced today that Viacom and CBS Corporation executive chairman Sumner Redstone's Charitable Foundation has donated $650K to aid its $100 million Global Action campaign.

Redstone says of the donation:

“I am proud to further my support of the important work of the Global Poverty Project. I am also pleased that both CBS Corporation and Viacom are among the many organizations that are providing support to the Global Poverty Project and I urge other philanthropists, foundations and media outlets to join them to help end extreme poverty on our planet."

Redstone's original donation went in support of the GPP's End of Polio campaign in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.

Other major philanthropists from the upper eschelons of the media world include Barry Diller, who co-chairs the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation and Motion Picture & Television Fund, and Ted Turner, who heads the Turner Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation, Turner Endangered Species Fund, United Nations Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

This article is related to: Viacom, Sumner Redstone, Media


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.