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July 7, 2017

Meet Lisa Overton

As Art Director, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Lisa Overton is responsible for the design and management of the PBS NewsHour Weekend brand. She has worked on the series since its launch in 2013. “I do all the animation and graphics for the broadcast and some online features,” Lisa says. Read on to learn about the “Gorey” influence public media has had on Lisa’s career, her favorite places in Union Square, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

I have always worked in design and had a company for 20 years called Big Pink Motion Graphics. I did commercials, corporate video and interactive graphics during the 1990 – 2000s. I began working part-time for Need To Know, the weekly PBS news and public affairs show hosted by Alison Stewart and Jon Meacham, while I was in graduate school in 2011 and stayed on for NewsHour Weekend.

You created the branding and design elements for PBS NewsHour Weekend when it launched in 2013. What is involved in creating the look for a new series?

The show was the first, weekend expansion of the 40-year franchise, so it needed a fresh, new look while maintaining a discernable connection to the existing brand. I worked with PBS NewsHour’s senior staff in Washington and the New York-based Executive and Senior Directors to create an entire broadcast package, including logo, show open, and recurring segment titles, to establish Weekend as a fresh, new extension of the PBS NewsHour brand.

The festive, elf-themed design you created for the PBS NewsHour Weekend team for WNET’s holiday desk decoration competiton in 2014 was so wonderful! Are there graphics you’ve created for the PBS NewsHour Weekend broadcast or website that are particular favorites?

Nothing tops turning your co-workers into elves.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I loved the old Mystery! opening with the Edward Gorey animation. Maybe that’s what started me in animation.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I’m watching the new season of The Tunnel. In addition to the uber creepy storyline, I love that the two main characters are socially awkward and cranky — they’re my kind of people.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live near Union Square. I’ve been there for over 20 years and I love the greenmarket and all the great restaurants. I don’t cook, but I go to the market for flowers, plants and apples. When they’re in season, I try to bring apples for everyone on the weekend.

What book are you currently reading?

Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation by George Washington, possibly in reaction to watching the news all day, every day.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I have a small terrace where I like to grow flowers in the summer. I also like to show it off.

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