At 30, George Stevens Jr. was named head of the United States Information Agency’s motion picture division by legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. At 35, he was the founder of the American Film Institute, which was instituted as an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts. Stevens was not just a film educator and champion, he was a filmmaker. He wrote the play Thurgood, which ran on Broadway and was later adapted and filmed for HBO. He has received fifteen Emmys, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize, and seven Writers Guild Awards for his television productions.