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I'M NOAH LEVENSON

filmmaker & software developer
focusing on virtual reality, gamification & comedy

noahlevenson [at] gmail [dot] com, twitter, github

Before leaving my TV career in 2014, I served as Editorial Director of MTV2, where I oversaw the reinvention of the channel and helped break ratings records. Since then I've worked on projects for Comedy Central, Amazon, Nike, Brita, NBC, the National Hockey League, Refinery29, NASCAR, Bravo, TBS and IFC, among others. As a writer and director, I've collaborated with celebrities like Key & Peele, Channing Tatum, Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, Rebel Wilson, Charlamagne Tha God and Mark Wahlberg.

I'm a McSweeney's contributor. I also wrote humor books: I'm the author of Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood and I wrote for Girl Code: A Single Girl's Guide to Sex and Dating, both published by MTV Books. Unleash Your Manhood was blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

My short film Chillr won a Vimeo Staff Pick and was showcased on the Black List. I've photographed album covers for Michael Gira of Swans and I've toured the world with Brandon Flowers of The Killers.

The Ryerson Review of Journalism interviewed me for their annual print edition. I've been written about in The New York Times, The Daily Dot and Bustle.

I'm a two-time art school dropout. I was born in New York City and I still live in New York City.
Chillr is a short film that was launched as an internet prank. It's about an imaginary new app called Chillr, which is "the only non-sex-based mobile app that instantly connects chill dudes with other chill dudes in the area." I wrote it, produced it, edited it, built its website and starred in it (opposite Ed McGinty from Boardwalk Empire). In addition to winning a Vimeo Staff Pick, Chillr successfully fooled a bunch of journalists into thinking it was really the newest tech to disrupt the chillness industry.

Press: The Daily Dot, the Black List, Booooooom, The World's Best Ever, Bustle

http://www.chillr.net
Brocator 2.0 is a web app that generates a live map of every bro on the planet who's currently tweeting the word "bro." It also uses its mined data to identify the world's most populous bro locations. I wrote it in JavaScript for Node.js. 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."

http://www.brocator.net
Tweets Will Save Us is a game where you must use the power of the world's tweets to stop asteroids from destroying Earth. The game engine actually "weaponizes" live tweets via the Twitter API, which means the projectiles you shoot into space are the real tweets of real people in real time. I developed it as an experiment in harnessing user generated content to create new kinds of entertainment experiences. It's still a work in progress, but you'll be able to save the world with your tweets in 2017.

http://www.tweetswillsave.us
I wrote and directed the new TV campaign for Brita. We made a surreal and hallucinatory computer generated commercial about water, which is an accomplishment that I'm very proud of. I worked 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.
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.

Press: PromaxBDA
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.