Diane Masciale

Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21

Diane Masciale
General Manager, WLIW

Diane Masciale is Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and Executive Producer of local productions at WNET, parent company of WLIW21 and THIRTEEN, and operator of NJTV. This Long Island native is responsible for day-to-day operations of WLIW21. As Executive Producer, she also oversees local productions for all three stations including the Emmy Award-winning, Treasures of New York, an original series showcasing New York’s cultural icons and MetroFocus, a daily television and multi-platform news magazine. Additionally, Masciale manages the operation of Wavelength, an innovative digital content sharing platform for PBS member stations, which allows stations to share local content and expand their programming and better serve their communities.

Masciale is also executive in charge of ALL ARTS, a multimedia platform devoted to engaging with numerous artistic genres. She is also an executive in charge of Amanpour and Company, the national nightly public affairs series featuring CNN’s Christiane Amanpour with other interviews from prominent journalists Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan.

Masciale is a veteran news executive having last served as Executive Editor of ABC’s Good Morning America and Executive Producer in the ABC Long Form Unit. Previously, she was Acting Executive Producer and Senior Broadcast Producer at NBC’s Today Show as well as Senior Broadcast Producer at Dateline NBC.

A three-time National Emmy Award-winner, Masciale has achieved some of the highest recognition throughout her media career including the Edward R. Murrow Award, American Women in Radio & TV Gracie Award, Clarion Award, National Headliner Award, Sigma Delta Chi Award, Cine Gold Eagle, Cindy Awards, National Press Club Award, National Association of Consumer Advocates Award, Halo Award for Best Cause Marketing, Folio Awards, Long Island Press Club Awards and New York State Broadcaster Awards. She has been named one of Long Island Business News Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business in 2016 and is on the roster of Outstanding Young Women in America. Masciale also has completed the rigorous Six Sigma Certification business leadership program.

Masciale is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Neal Shapiro

President & Chief Executive Officer of WNET

Neal Shapiro President, WNET.ORG

Neal Shapiro
President, WNET.ORG

Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 30-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media. As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, reaching a combined monthly audience of approximately 9.5 million.

WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Great Performances, American Masters, Nature, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Secrets of the Dead and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and news and cultural offerings available on air and online.

At the helm of WNET, Shapiro has revitalized programming, nearly doubling arts and culture offerings, emphasizing local programming and community engagement; setting new fundraising records and inaugurating a new, all-glass studio at Lincoln Center.

Shapiro has overseen the launch of a number of innovative programs, including:

  • Theater Close-Up, a series featuring off-Broadway plays, which amplified the audiences for each play and increased attendance at area theaters.
  • American Graduate USA, an on-air, online and engagement initiative to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.
  • MetroFocus, a multi-platform initiative using television, web and mobile technology to bring local news and culture coverage to the tri-state region.
  • NYC-ARTS, a weekly prime-time arts and culture program.
  • NJTVNews, the only week nightly, state-wide news broadcast covering New Jersey

Before joining WNET in 2007, Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC. Shapiro was executive producer of Dateline NBC from 1993 to 2001, which became a cornerstone of NBC’s primetime programming and the first primetime multi-night newsmagazine.

Prior to working at NBC, Shapiro spent 13 years at ABC News, where he was a writer and producer for PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight. He served as broadcast producer of PrimeTime Live, where he wrote and produced over 30 stories, including breaking news, profiles, and investigative reports.

Shapiro has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.

He serves on the Boards of PBS, Tufts University, TEGNA, the Investigative News Network (INN) and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with degrees in history and political science. He is married to ABC News Nightline Co-Anchor Juju Chang. They have three sons and live in New York City.

Antonia Carew-Watts

General Counsel

Antonia Watts-Crews General Counsel WLIWAntonia Carew-Watts is General Counsel for WLIW21. She advises WLIW on issues relating to production, intellectual property and new media, underwriting, labor and employment, and other matters. Ms. Carew-Watts joined the WNET family in 2013 and was appointed General Counsel for WLIW in January 2016. Prior to joining WNET, she was an associate in the intellectual property practice group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1991 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to law school, Antonia enjoyed a long career in entertainment and arts, working in development for non-profit performance space The Kitchen, and non-profit production company Rainbow Television Workshop, as well as serving on the design teams for numerous television series and features, and theme-parks for Walt Disney Imagineering. Ms. Carew-Watts is a member and former Director of the Association of Black Women Attorneys.