Stephanie Kluft is joining USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts as associate dean of communications, effective October 5.

In her new role Kluft, who reports to School Of Cinematic Arts dean Elizabeth Daley, will develop and direct the implementation of the School’s diverse publicity and marketing agendas.

Kluft most recently served as executive vice president of LA-based film finance and production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Prior to that she served as senior vice president of publicity at Universal Studios for many years. At Universal, Kluft oversaw national publicity campaigns for such films as A Beautiful Mind, The Bourne Identity, Bruce Almighty and Meet the Fockers.