Knowledge Network is British Columbia’s public broadcaster. They commission, acquire, and pre-buy documentaries and limited series on social issues, culture, and environment – films that stand the test of time. An engaging story is paramount, as is strong filmmaker point of view and distinct aesthetic approach.
Since 2007, Rudy has transformed the public broadcaster into a successful and popular service available through high definition television and streaming on its many websites and apps. He is the winner of nine Canadian Academy Awards, an honourary Doctor of Letters from Thompson Rivers University, and a Member of the Order of Canada.
From 2010 to 2018, Buttignol served as President of BBC Kids. Over the past two decades, he has moderated financing forums around the world. During his time at TV Ontario from 1993 to 2006, Buttignol progressed from Commissioning Editor to Creative Head of Independent Production to Creative Head of Network Programming. His internationally heralded commissions include The Corporation; Manufactured Landscapes, and Emmy and Grammy-winner Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach. From 1975 to 1993, Buttignol worked as an independent writer, director and producer of documentaries and children’s series.
Buttignol was born in Pordenone, Italy. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Toronto’s York University, and has completed Executive programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Harvard Business School.
Rudy Buttignol’s participation is generously supported by the Consulate General of Canada.