Philippe de Montebello wasn’t merely one of the world’s longest-serving museum directors and the face (and voice) of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was the epitome of what an American museum director could be.
To understand Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, you need to know that he really enjoys doing the promos for “Reel 13” – the Saturday night film series – in which bits of dialogue from the upcoming film are woven into his pitch. And his favorite film of all time? “Casablanca.” “It’s a great story about love versus noble sacrifice.” It’s that spirit of sacrifice and public service that fuels Shapiro’s passion for WNET – the parent company of Thirteen, PBS’ flagship station, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.