Matt Groening - Matt Groening Donates $500,000 To Ucla

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Matt Groening has donated $500,000 to the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) School of Theatre, Film and Television.

The 'Simpsons' creator's gift will enable professionals to teach students in the facility's animation programme and will lead to the creation of the Matt Groening Chair in Animation project, which will fund visiting artists.

Dean Teri Schwartz said in a statement: "His groundbreaking animated series have truly changed the landscape of television and have become a gold standard for animation and great storytelling throughout the entertainment industry."

But it's not Matt's first donation to the university - which he didn't even attend - as he once gave $50,000 to support the education facility's student production of animated shorts.

Matt - who is also behind 'Futurama', which began in 1999 - has won 12 Emmy Awards since creating the 'The Simpsons' in 1989 - and the show recently celebrated its forthcoming 500th episode with a Hollywood party.


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