Getting to Know...Brionne Griffin

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?
As a PBS Interactive Marketing and Communications Intern, I am working with the SPI team in cyberspace on all things social media this summer.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?
As a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, I got a job working at #localPBS member station KLRU. I began as a blog post writer and nominal task-doer (like any entry-level employee), but as time went on and new opportunities opened up, I was fortunate enough to work in various departments and ultimately end up on the Web team. I absolutely loved creating, updating, and organizing Web content and found I had endless interest and motivation for the work I was doing. I quickly developed an insatiable desire to continue learning and creating in the web-sphere, so [as I head towards my senior year] I applied to work at PBS headquarters here in Arlington.

3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?
I believe the landscape will transform from a rigid, one size fits all template into a complete experience that weaves various social platforms together and can be customized according to the preferences of each individual. 

For example, when I watch Sherlock Holmes, I would be able to unlock bonus clips or features through the Sherlock iPad app, while also engaging in a real-time conversation with other viewers via Twitter. And if I wanted yet another layer of engagement, I could tweet to Sherlock and my tweets, along with the others, would scroll across the TV screen on commercials or specified segments.

4. If the Internet didn't exist, what job would you have?
I would have a gourmet peanut butter and jelly café and wine bar called Peanut Butter and Jealousy. Situated on the corner of a buzzing avenue, this charming café would strike an alluring balance between novelty and comical elegance. 

When you walk in, you first choose between five freshly-baked breads, then five different nut butters (including Nutella!), 10 types of jelly, and a handful of add-ons, like sliced banana, cinnamon, wheat germ, etc. But in all honesty, the magic really happens when we slide your sandwich into the Panini grill. During those enchanted few minutes, the inside flavors melt together while the bread toasts to perfection for a truly life-changing taste experience. 

To top it all off, there will be a house sommelier who will give customers an expert recommendation on what type of wine will “really bring out all the delicate flavors of that strawberry jelly.” (haha)

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?
My favorite gadget is the Yelp application on my phone. You can point your phone in any direction and it tells you what restaurants are over that way and currently open.

6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why?

Joan Didion- So I could thank her for her essay On Self Respect.

Cary Grant- The man defines class. And he starred in my two favorite movies of all time: Notorious and Strangers on a Train.

James Brown- Who wouldn’t want to break bread with the Godfather of Soul? Plus, it would be really funny to see him interact with Joan Didion.

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