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February 8, 2019

Meet Elizabeth Boone

As an Audience Engagement Specialist in the Marketing and Engagement Department, Elizabeth Boone works closely with IEG, Production, and Social Media teams on digital marketing efforts and publicity for Great Performances. “I am part publicist, part digital marketer, overall storyteller. I have a hand in numerous things, but all of it is with the goal of getting eyeballs on all things Great Performances,” Elizabeth says. Read on to learn about Elizabeth’s recent adventures at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills, her favorite places in Astoria, and more.

Elizabeth Boone

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

My entire life has pretty much centered around the performing arts. I’ve worked at several different theater companies and performing arts organizations in different capacities, and I was thrilled to see how that might translate into the television industry. I always like to try something new, and I’m so glad I did!

You just returned from the January Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA) in Beverly Hills. What were some of the events WNET produced for the conference?
We brought several panels to the conference, including two for American Masters (learn more about the Charley Pride and Terrence McNally panels here), one for Nature (learn about the American Spring Watch Live panel here), and one for Boss: The Black Experience in Business (learn more here). My event covered Great Performances: Julius Caesar and featured a special performance by Tony Award-nominated actor Harriet Walter followed by a panel with Walter and Great Performances Executive Producer David Horn (learn more here).

Any favorite stories from Press Tour?

It was my first Press Tour, so it was very exciting! I got to spend a lot of time with Harriet Walter and pick her brain on Shakespeare and acting a bit, and I even had a great conversation with country music star Charley Pride before his panel. It was so interesting to hear these talented people speak. I especially loved hearing from Michael Shannon, who was at TCA for American Masters’ Terrence McNally panel and whose work I’ve enjoyed since his intriguing role on Boardwalk Empire.

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?

PBS was a huge part of my upbringing (shout out to WEDU in Tampa!). My mom and I are huge Masterpiece fanatics, and I was raised watching Agatha Christie murder mysteries. I think my proudest PBS moment was when an acting competition I was in was broadcast locally on our Florida PBS station and I got to see myself on TV. I won second place!

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

In February, I’m definitely excited for Movies for Grownups with AARP The Magazine on Great Performances because I love the energy awards shows create. Who doesn’t love a big celebration? I’m also excited for Living Volcanoes from Nature, and American Masters — Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, especially now that I’ve met him!

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

I’m in Astoria, and we’re never short on great places to visit. Gastroteca Astoria is one of my favorite restaurants: it’s perfect for any occasion from brunch to late-night drinks. The Strand Smokehouse is also an incredible, spacious place for great barbeque and live music. Unrelatedly, being a huge paper/pen/writing nerd, I also always have to stop inside Lockwood Paper. They’ve got the best stuff, and I love supporting local businesses.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading the thrilling mystery Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, and am enjoying the always fantastic Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling on audio for the first time as part of my larger effort to “re-read” all the HP books. (The audio books are incredible!) Not-so-secret secret: these authors are the same.

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

I love trying new things, so I’ve been really into taking the oddball/unusual classes on ClassPass, which have included bouldering, trampoline, trapeze, and aerial hoop classes. All have been quite a great workout and so much fun. I highly recommend trying it.

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