Movie industry executive John H. Stembler Jr.'s bequest created a $3.25 million ‘game-changer’ endowment for the MJ-school’s broadcast program. To honor Stembler's career in, and passion for, the motion picture industry, a speaker or panel event will be organized every two years at the School of Media and Journalism. The lecture will bring focus to topics related to the film industry to students, faculty and the Carolina community.
Past speakers include:
- "Literally, Right Before Aaron" director Ryan Eggold; "Literally, Right Before Aaron" producer and owner of Rizk Pictures Alexandra Rizk Keane, Oct. 2017
- "Ant-Man" director Peyton Reed; Motion Picture Association of America CEO and former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd; and chairman and CEO of Georgia Theatre Company Bill Stembler, Oct. 2015