Trojan Vision is the student operated television station located at the University of Southern California’s University Park campus. Trojan Vision’s programming is produced exclusively by USC students and broadcasts in HD on cable channel 8.1 to the entire USC campus and surrounding student housing, reaching more than 29,000 students and 18,000 university employees, and to the greater Los Angeles area on LA36, reaching over 1.8 million homes, as well as streaming 24/7 on trojanvision.com
Trojan Vision signed on the air on September 15, 1997, through a generous grant from the USC Annenberg Center. In the Spring of 1999, the university received a gift from Hollywood director, and USC alum, Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future). The gift was made towards developing a state-of-the-art digital training facility, in which Trojan Vision is presently located.
In 2006, Trojan Vision was invited to join the USC School of Cinema/TV. Later that year, USC alum George Lucas gave $175 million to rename the school as the USC School of Cinematic arts.