I'm a writer, director, software developer and former TV executive. I'm focused on innovation in entertainment, specifically at the intersection of motion pictures and technology.

I'm a Recurse Center alum (SP1 '18), where I researched the potential of WebAssembly for computer vision applications. During my batch I developed wasmface, a fast C++ implementation of the Viola-Jones object detection framework for HTML5 canvas.

In 2017, I made Weird Box, a viral interactive film that was called "delightfully disturbing" by Fast Company, "strangely fascinating" by SFist and "awesome" by Boing Boing. It was selected for exhibition at Mozilla Festival in London.

Before that, I created Chillr, a Vimeo Staff Pick-awarded transmedia prank about an imaginary iPhone app. Bustle called it "hilarious" and The Daily Dot said it was "too good to be true."

I won a PromaxBDA Gold Award for directing Key & Peele's Social Influencers sketches for the MTV Video Music Awards.

I wrote the official humor book for the TV show Guy Code, which was published by MTV Books and blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Later, I collaborated with New York Times bestselling illustrator Arturo Torres on Color Me Kanye, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. My comedy writing also appears in McSweeney's.

Previously, I served as Editorial Director of MTV2, where I oversaw the reinvention of the channel and helped break records for ratings, revenue and growth.

Outside of entertainment, I'm a partner at La Rosa, a restored century-old pizzeria helmed by Frank Pinello, host of Viceland's The Pizza Show.

I'm a two-time art school dropout. I was born in New York City and I still live in New York City.

Contact me: noahlevenson [at] gmail [dot] com, working not working, twitter, github


Weird Box is an interactive film that makes your Instagram pictures part of its story. I wrote it, directed it and programmed the software that makes it work. It stars me and Katie Boland (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Daydream Nation). It received quite a bit of international press and acclaim. Brett Gaylor selected it for exhibition at Mozilla Festival in London, where I also did a Q&A.

Press and recognition:
Fast Company
SFist
Short of the Week
Boing Boing
Booooooom
The World's Best Ever
Storyful
Laughing Squid
Radio Live New Zealand
INfluencia
Design Taxi
HOW
Fisheye
HUH. Magazine
Film Shortage
Design Indaba
8 Days
Trend Hunter
PetaPixel
Trendera
The Awesomer
Sam and Niko's channel
GameGandhi's channel

https://weirdbox.tv


Chillr was a transmedia prank about an imaginary new mobile app designed for chill dudes. The prank consisted of a short film, a hoax website and a marketing strategy: We positioned Chillr as the killer app for the Apple Watch and timed it to coincide with Apple's big announcement. I created it, wrote it, built its website and starred in it (opposite Ed McGinty from Boardwalk Empire). It won a Vimeo Staff Pick, confused the 'net and successfully fooled a bunch of journalists into thinking it was really the newest tech to disrupt the chillness industry.

Press and recognition:
Bustle
The Daily Dot
The Black List
Booooooom
The World's Best Ever

https://chillr.net


I developed wasmface, a WebAssembly implementation of the Viola-Jones computer vision framework. Viola-Jones is a machine learning approach for visual object detection that's particularly suited for classifying faces. I wrote the implementation as part of my research at Recurse Center, which focused on the potential of WebAssembly for realtime CV applications.

https://github.com/noahlevenson/wasmface


I directed these Key & Peele sketches to announce their internet troll characters to the world before the MTV Video Music Awards. We improvised the scenes together. I played the role of annoying interviewer and asked dumb questions about the internet and they made fun of me. The sketches won a PromaxBDA Gold Award.

Press and recognition:
PromaxBDA Brief


I wrote and art directed Color Me Kanye, a memey coloring book about Kanye West. It was illustrated by New York Times bestseller Arturo Torres. Lesser Gods published it. Gal Beckerman of the New York Times Book Review said: "The most amazing thing about this coloring book is that I honestly can't tell whether it's supposed to be a joke or not."

Press and recognition:
Nylon
High Times
FACT
Uproxx

Buy it:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Spencer's
Target


I created Out in 60, Viacom's first ever global cross-channel TV and digital project. It's an original series that presents the coming out stories of LGBTQ celebrities at the speed of the internet. It's also a digital platform that empowers people from all over the world to contribute to the conversation. Now entering its second season, it's distributed internationally across Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Logo, BET and Britain's Channel 5.

http://outin60.comedycentral.com
http://outin60.mtv.com
http://outin60.channel5.com


I coded Brocator 2.0, a web app that generates a live map of every bro on the planet who's currently tweeting the word "bro." Using its mined data, the app then identifies the world's most populous bro locations. Peter Kim of Global News Toronto said it was the reason "why the internet was invented." Luke Turner of The Quietus said it was a reason to "beg for nuclear war."

https://brocator.net


I wrote typpo.js, a JavaScript library for procedurally animating lifelike human typing—random errors, corrections and all. It's built around a task queue that makes it simple to animate asynchronously generated text, like live tweets or newsfeeds. I developed it while experimenting with ways to make commercial chatbots more engaging.

https://npmjs.com/package/typpo.js
https://github.com/noahlevenson/typpo.js


I wrote and directed the new TV campaign for Brita. I created it with Lunch, a company that partners artists directly with brands, and it was a really cool experience. I developed the commercial and overall campaign creative directly with the team at Clorox Canada, without any agency involvement. The spot received over 6,000,000 views online.


The National Hockey League asked me to write cartoons to promote the Stanley Cup playoffs. I teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler and we had a great time making jokes about hockey obsession. Our cartoons amassed over 400,000 Instagram likes.


MTV Books published my first comedy book, Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood. It's a silly self-help book for guys who are confused about what to wear, what to drink, and how to talk to girls. (Hint: the secret is just to be yourself.) The print edition is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and it's available digitally from iTunes. It was blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and former executive producer of The Daily Show. This is what he said:

"If you haven't read this book yet, you suck. That is scientific fact. This book changes EVERYTHING for guys. It's like the Bible, but without the guilt or weird incest stories. And that is my kind of Bible."


I'm a McSweeney's humor contributor. I've written about things like a normcore jeans company that's fluent in l33tspeak and Dolph Lundgren's contribution to grocery shopping. I haven't had much time to write for them lately, but I'm very proud of the weird stuff I've gotten through.


I wrote jokes for the celebs in this piece celebrating Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and his work for the cancer charity City of Hope. City of Hope is a great cause and writing for Don Henley is the dopest thing I've ever done.


I wrote these sketches for the MTV Movie Awards along with Neil Casey, John Reynolds, Caitlin Bitzegaio and Mike Trapp. I was lucky to collaborate with such funny people. Mark Wahlberg loved being a bully.


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