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November 15, 2019

Meet Katelin Levy

As an Associate Producer, Digital Content, Great Performances, Katelin Levy manages the content that is posted on the Great Performances, NYC-ARTS, and Reel 13 websites. “My day-to-day activities consist of packaging video for the web and YouTube, creating content for NYC-ARTS’ social media channels, watching lots of great programs to find the best clips for our viewers, and building newsletters,” Katelin says. Read on to learn about Katelin’s eclectic reading list, her favorite places in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and more.

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

In 2018, I graduated from NYU majoring in Film & TV Production, Sociology, and Ancient Cultures. Three days before graduation, I began working with my former team, the digital branch of NBCUniveral’s SYFY. For a year, I worked at Comic Cons, edited videos, managed the budget, and coordinated shoots. After nearly two years at NBCU, between my internships and job, I felt it was time to experience a different media company. I was drawn to WNET because working at for-profit companies was wearing on my mind and body.

Are there any current or upcoming Great Performances programs you’re particularly excited about?

I’m most excited about Red and Kinky Boots in our Broadway’s Best lineup. Even though I’m not a fan of Rothko’s work (I know, scandalous!), I love both Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch and I think the dialogue in the play is fantastic. Also, I’m a big classical music and opera buff, so I’m looking forward to the From Vienna: New Year’s Day Concert.

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?

When I was a kid, I was an avid PBS viewer — a “viewer like you,” perhaps. My go-tos were Cyberchase, Dragon Tales, Arthur, and WordGirl. I always watched Dragon Tales and Arthur in the morning and Cyberchase and WordGirl in the afternoon. These shows were an early indicator of my future love of animation.

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

I enjoy nature documentaries of all kinds, so I will be streaming Nature’s Bears and Nature’s Biggest Beasts this month. The NYC-ARTS episode from last week featured an in-depth view of the Met’s new exhibition, The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I, which I will most likely watch before the week is out. As a Lord of the Rings fan, I’ve always been fascinated by medieval armor as both an art form and a means of protection in battle.

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

I live in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, aka the eastside of Prospect Park. Of course, my favorite place is the park, but now that it’s colder outside, you can usually find me at Erv’s on Beekman, which is both a coffee shop and a bar, or across the street at Midwood Flats, which shows major television premieres on its projector and has a killer burger.

What book are you currently reading?

Well, it’s books plural. I almost always read multiple books at once. Currently, I’m finishing up the audiobook of the third Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin and reading two other novels. The first is Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures by German author and illustrator Walter Moers, and the second, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose. If you’ve never read Walter Moers, he’s described as J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Shel Silverstein wrapped into one!

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

Almost every Tuesday, you can find me at the movies, shoveling popcorn into my mouth for AMC’s $5 Movie Tuesdays (which in NYC is actually $6). On a regular night, I’m at home cooking and watching TV with my cat, Mima. Also, I love trying new restaurants, so on the weekends I try to go to one new place that’s on my NYC food bucket list.


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