Rudy Buttignol

President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network
and President of BBC Kids.

Rudy Buttignol is the President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network Corporation, and President of BBC Kids, a national channel operated as a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.


Since his appointment in 2007, Buttignol has transformed BC’s public broadcaster from a single television station to a digital media service with three television networks, three websites and a magazine, resulting in significantly increased audience shares and a doubling of revenue.

Along with his work as a broadcaster, Buttignol continues as a moderator of documentary financing forums in Amsterdam and Leipzig and the Hot Docs Doc Policy Summit in Toronto; as well as a tutor at Berlin-based Documentary Campus. He is a Director on the Boards of the Britannia Mine Museum and the Vancouver International Film Festival; Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Public Educational Media; and a B.C. Governor-in-Council appointee to the Board of Knowledge-West Communications Corporation. In 2011 he was appointed to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, an independent administrative tribunal of the federal government. Buttignol has also moderated forums in Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, La Rochelle, Seoul, and Tokyo.

From 2000 to 2006, as TVO’s Creative Head of Network Programming, Buttignol was responsible for re-branding Ontario’s public broadcaster and significantly increasing ratings and revenues. Concurrently, he was the Executive Producer of Saturday Night at the Movies, the international documentary series Human Edge, and the HBO special Before Their Time. As TVO’s Commissioning Editor and Creative Head of Independent Production from 1993 to 2006, Buttignol founded The View From Here, a multi-award-winning series than ran for fourteen seasons. His internationally heralded commissions included feature documentaries such as The Corporation; Manufactured Landscapes; Dying at Grace; The Bodybuilder and I; McLuhan’s Wake; Bret the Hitman Hart; The Champagne Safari; Emmy winner Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles; and Oscar-nominated Hardwood. Commissioned limited series include Diamond Road; Black Coffee; Empire of the Word; Blood and Belonging; Korea, the Unfinished War; The War of 1812; 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, children’s series, and commercials. His programs have appeared on A&E, Bravo, CBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Global, The History Channel, and PBS. Titles include Alan Bean: Art Off This Earth; The Dairy; Jack Bush; the three-screen Ontario Place installation Inward Passage; Neon: An Electric Memoir; Shipyard; The SpaceWatch Club; and Soviet Space: the Secret Designer. In 1979, Buttignol founded Rudy Inc. with partnerships in Houston and Moscow.

In 1983-84, concurrent with his work as a producer, Buttignol served as an instructor at the Ontario College of Art & Design for three semesters, and as the administrator of the producer’s assistance program at the National Film Board of Canada. In 1984, he spent two months in Bangladesh documenting health and literacy initiatives for USC Canada.

With his focus on board governance, Buttignol’s past volunteer service has included: founding Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada; founder of the Hot Docs Financing Forum; consecutive elections (1985 to 2003) to the Board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, including seven years as Chair; and founding President of the Academy’s Foundation. Buttignol has served as a Director on the Boards of the Banff Media Festival, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Conference for the Arts, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival; and the European Media Management Academy’s Advisory Council in Strasbourg.

Buttignol was born in Pordenone, Italy and came to Canada in 1955. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Toronto’s York University, and has completed Executive Education programs at the Banff Centre, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Harvard Business School. Buttignol’s international honours include: the inaugural Doc Mogul Award from Hot Docs International Documentary Festival; Honorary Texan from the Governor of Texas; Distinguished Merit award from the government of Fiume Veneto, Italy; President of Honour of the 23rd Sunnyside of the Doc, La Rochelle, France; Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; and nine Canadian Academy Awards.

For additional information and references, check Wikipedia.

"Daphne Bramham: CBC could learn a thing or two from Knowledge Network"
Vancouver Sun Article