Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal vice chairman, will deliver the USC School of Cinematic Arts 2017 commencement address at the graduation ceremony to be held May 12 at the Shrine Auditorium, it was announced today by Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
At the ceremony, producer sisters Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd will each receive the school's Mary Pickford Alumni Award.
In making the announcement, Daley said, "We couldn't be more pleased that Ron Meyer, one of the most visionary and respected studio executives in Hollywood history, will address our graduating class this year. That he is joined by Jennifer and Suzanne Todd, both such prominent producers who have long been inspirations and exemplary role models for our students, is truly an honor for us."
A founding partner of Creative Artists Agency, where he served as president, Meyer joined Universal as president and COO in 1995 and was promoted to his present position, providing strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of NBCUniversal, in 2013.
Jennifer Todd, who currently serves as president of Pearl Street Films, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's film and television company, recently produced Live By Night and was an exec producer on Jason Bourne. Along with Michael DeLuca, she produced February's 89th Academy Awards. Her upcoming films include RFK, starring Damon, which Nikolaj Arcel wrote and will direct.
Suzanne Todd launched Suzanne Todd Productions in 2016 with the comedy Bad Moms. Her upcoming films include the comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christmas, for STX; Magic Camp for Walt Disney Pictures; and Nicole, starring Anna Kendrick, also for Disney. Jenifer and Suzanne Todd previously worked together under the Team Todd banner, producing such films as Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Created in 1995, in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, the Mary Pickford Alumni Award pays tribute to men and women of USC whose achievements bring distinction to the school and to the industry.