Louise Bucknole

Paramount UK & Ireland

GM/VP Kids & Family

Louise Bucknole

Louise is a commissioner,  kid’s content strategist and Executive Producer with over twenty years’ channel management, production and creative leadership experience.

At Paramount, Louise is the Kids & Family head in the UK, responsible for leading all content, strategic, editorial and operational aspects for the Nick Network including Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. Too brands on all platforms and Milkshake! on Channel 5, including commissions, acquisitions, programming, multiplatform, production and development and sits on the Nickelodeon International Programming Council.  Louise also works with the commercial, consumer products and events teams to grow the brands and ensure best in class activations. Commissions and acquisitions include Peppa Pig, Horrid Henry, Milkshake! Monkey, Pip & Posy, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Mimi’s World, Meet The Experts, Pop Paper City, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Circle Square, Odo, MixMups, Brave Bunnies, The World According To Grandpa, Go Green With The Grimwades, Show Me How and Bop Box Boogie.

Prior to joining Paramount, Louise was Director of Programming, Disney Channels UK & Ireland where she was responsible for leading all aspects of content strategy, planning and editorial operations for all linear, non-linear and VOD services, ordering all Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD content. Commissions included ‘Goalmouth’, ‘First Class Chefs’, ‘Art Attack’, ‘Furry Friends’ and ‘Access All Areas’.

Louise previously worked as Head of Programme Scheduling, BBC Children’s where she oversaw content strategy for CBBC, CBeebies, the children’s blocks on BBC One, BBC Two and the iPlayer and was part of the commissioning team. Prior to that she was Senior Manager, Programme Planning for Disney Channels UK & Ireland, and formerly as Channel Editor and Scheduler for CITV, where she was part of the team that launched the CITV channel. Louise started her career at ITV in production, as a Production Coordinator, Researcher and Producer in Children’s for eight years.

She is a member of RTS, and sits on the BAFTA Children’s Committee, Children’s Media Conference Advisory Committee, ScreenSkills Children’s Council and former BFI YACF Strategic Advisory Group.