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January 27, 2017

Meet Sophia Clark

Sophia ClarkAs Associate Producer for WLIW, Sophia Clark works on Treasures of New York, SciTech Now, and other WLIW local productions, as well as the MMG Initiative projects. She is also the Production Manager for Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work and assists WLIW Operations Manager Sonoko Aoyagi with production management related tasks. Read on to learn more about Sophia’s work in production management, her favorite places in Harlem, and more.

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

I went to film school in Philadelphia and focused on production. A mentor of mine recommended me to Judy Moy as a Production Assistant in the Production Management department here at WNET. I freelanced there for about a year as a Production Coordinator and developed a good rapport with their team. While I loved the organizational discipline and comraderie of my job there, I missed shooting and editing. My Production Management family took the opportunity to learn about me and my interests and recommended me for a job opening with Diane Masciale’s team at WLIW. I was very honored to be considered and snatched it up as soon as I was offered the position. I now get the best of both worlds. Working for Diane and Sonoko has truly been an amazing experience. I’m very grateful to them for their leadership and support.

You have also worked on The Chatterbox, the popular series from WNET and PBS Digital Studios. Can you tell us about the project and your work on it?

The Chatterbox is an exciting collaboration with PBS Digital Studios and WNET’s Interactive Engagement Group (IEG). It’s a webisode series on “YouTube’s favorite grandma” (no kidding, real thing) and her 18-year-old grandson Kevin as they discuss and try out the hottest YouTube trends. Working on the series was a pretty hysterical process. I had a chance to flex my production management skills in addition to helping crew the sets. It was the first time that I got to try out both of those skills on one project here at WNET, and it was lots of fun. If you haven’t seen the series, check it out. Grandma Lill is hysterical.

Are there other projects you’re particularly excited about?

SciTech Now has been an incredible labor of love. It’s amazing to see a production go from inception to machine. I’m really proud of the team that I’m a part of and the collaboration with the other departments has been nothing short of inspiring. I’m also excited to AP a documentary with my colleague Ally Gimbel on the Stargate Theatre Company, which profiles a summer program’s mission to educate, mentor, and train court-involved youth in the arts. It’s a project that speaks to my own personal values.

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’m old school. I grew up before individual mobile devices. I also grew up in a household with three generations of women. PBS programming was the one thing that we could agree upon and watch together. It has always had a special place in my heart.

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

I live in Central Harlem. It’s always been my dream to live in Harlem. There’s so much rich, Black American history. I love the parks and there’s an amazing coffee shop, “Manhattanville Café.” I can go there to write without feeling like a hipster.

What book are you currently reading?

I just finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a beautiful retelling of the history of Africa and America through the personal lens of two Fante women and six generations of their descendants.

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

I have a four-year-old niece with whom I am absolutely obsessed. Her name is Amani and she is the best thing to come out of the new millennium. (Shonda Rhimes is 2nd). I love learning new cooking techniques and want to learn as much as I can about the food industry and culture of nutrition.



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