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May 17, 2019

Meet Jake King

As a Multimedia Producer for ALL ARTS, Jake King helps produce, shoot, and edit arts-focused programming for broadcast, digital, and the top-notch ALL ARTS social media accounts. “There’s always something going on in the world of ALL ARTS and it’s great to be involved in so many projects across varying artistic disciplines, and to be able to work alongside such a knowledgeable and collaborative team,” Jake says. Read on to learn about the path that led Jake to ALL ARTS, his favorite places in Windsor Terrace, and more.

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

I attended NYU Tisch, where I studied Film and TV production. I didn’t necessarily see myself working in television until I had an opportunity to spend a semester abroad in London working at the BBC, which ended up sparking a love for public television, programming with purpose, and the BBC cafeteria’s fish and chips Friday. After graduating, I spent a few years as a video editor and producer for the publisher Simon & Schuster, and then went over to the New York Philharmonic, where I was their in-house Video Producer for four-and-a-half years. When the opportunity to work at ALL ARTS came up, I totally jumped at it, and couldn’t be happier now that I’m here!

Is there an ALL ARTS program you’re particularly excited about?

Besides all of it? We just captured a whole weekend of performances and interviews at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition, which I’m really excited about. It features some of the best high school jazz bands in the country, and it was inspiring to see these kids celebrating the incredible music of Duke Ellington and putting their heart and soul into their performances of classic Ellington tunes.

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 grew up watching Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and those programs certainly helped shape me into the person I am today. More recently, Art: 21 was a formative and eye-opening program for me in college when I was trying to figure out what sort of stories I wanted to tell, and how to tell them. I’ve always been interested in the artistic process, and that program does such a great job of documenting that process and telling an artist’s story in an engaging and informative way.

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

I have to rep ALL ARTS here. I’m really excited about our Set List episodes featuring Mwenso & the Shakes and Jazze Belle that were filmed at Celebrate Brooklyn! last summer, as well as catching up with Borgen.

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

I live in Windsor Terrace with my wife and our rascal of a cat, Jasper. One of our favorite spots is The Double Windsor, which is a great pub with a consistently fantastic beer list. Another go-to is East Wind Snack Shop, which serves some of the best dumplings in New York and has a particularly fun take on har gow. As an upstate New York native, I’ll also give a special shout-out to The Adirondack, a bar around the corner from our place which only serves New York State beer and cider and is a nice spot to grab a quiet drink or two.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading a collection of short stories by Gerald Murnane titled Stream System. I only read one or two stories a week because 1) the writing is extraordinary and I want to savor it as much as possible, and 2) the stories themselves tend to be brutally bleak explorations of memory and the act of writing. Highly recommend!

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

I’m a huge movie fan, so a lot of my free time is spent at one of the many great rep cinema houses in this fine city — Metrograph, BAM, Film at Lincoln Center. There’s just no shortage of great films playing here on any given day. If I’m not at a movie, then I’m likely at a record store or at home listening to records. I have over 1700 records in our apartment, which maybe crosses the threshold from “hobby” territory into “problem” territory. If you ever wanted to know why one needs (operative word) to own three different pressings of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, any of the bootlegs on The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label, or all of the releases from The Youngbloods’ short-lived Warner Brothers imprint label Raccoon Records, I’m your dude!

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