WNET Names Meg Louis Director of Government and External Affairs
Executive Served in New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
Succeeds Kathleen Rae, Long Time WNET Executive
WNET, parent company of New York’s public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, today announced the appointment of Meg Louis as Director of Government and External Affairs, succeeding Kathleen Rae, who held the position for the past 16 years. Ms. Louis, who worked with Hallmark Entertainment, Miramax Films, HBO and NBC before joining the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment as General Counsel, joins WNET on January 14th.
Reporting to WNET’s Vice President & General Counsel Robert Feinberg, Ms. Louis will assume responsibility for government relations and other external affairs for WNET and its affiliates, including THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV. Her responsibilities will include directing policies and objectives involving local, state and federal government affairs; monitoring legislative actions and determining the potential impact of these actions on the stations. Ms. Louis will be responsible for interaction with members of Congress and their staffs, members of the NYS Legislature and staff, and other elected officials in NYC and New Jersey. She will pursue the stations’ agendas with the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York (APBS), the national Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In addition, Ms. Louis will manage the stations’ relationships with cable and satellite TV providers in the NY designated market area.
As an experienced operating executive and legal counsel for a range of media enterprises, Ms. Louis brings specific expertise in government and external affairs, strategic planning, partnerships, and employment issues. She has broad experience in managing the legal and regulatory issues in the film and television industries.
“Kathy Rae’s contributions to WNET, WLIW21 and, most recently, NJTV, were innumberable. We will miss her and wish her the best.” said Mr. Feinberg. “And we are truly fortunate to have a media lawyer and government affairs expert of Meg’s caliber joining our team. Her track record of innovation in commercial and non-commercial media will serve us well as we embark on the next 50 years as leaders in public media.”
Ms. Louis succeeds Kathleen Rae, who retired from WNET at the end of 2012 after nearly three decades with the station. During that time, Ms. Rae served as Director of New Jersey Operations and Director of Educational Technology and, most recently, as Director of Government and External Affairs. Among Ms. Rae’s most noteworthy recent accomplishments was WNET’s successful 2011 bid to assume operational control of the former NJN, New Jersey’s public television station, now known as NJTV, when NJ Governor Chris Christie determined to “privatize” the network.
Ms. Louis is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Mount Holyoke College and serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, American Lyric Theater and New York Women in Film and Television.
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region emphasize in particular service to NYS students and educators, supported by an ongoing major grant from New York State and administered by the New York State Education Department.
Meg Louis, Director of Government and External Affairs. Photo credit: ©2013 WNET/Joseph Sinnott.