LOS ANGELES (CBS) — “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening donated $500,000 to UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, so that working professionals can teach classes in the animation program.
“The Simpsons” is TV’s longest running comedy of all time with its 23-year-and-counting run. The series has won 12 Emmy Awards and a slew of cartooning and comedy awards.
The endowment was made public the day before Groening receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to celebrate the show’s 500th episode.
UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television has also been on the receiving end of an annual gift of $50,000 by Groening, in support of animation students producing short animated films with social responsibility 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,” Dean Teri Schwartz said in a statement.