Wildbrain's Family Channel Brings LOUISE LIVES LARGE to Canadian Audiences
Thursday, Mar. 28, 2024

During Family Channel's free preview, enjoy this uplifting new series about resilience and embracing change,
which premieres in Canada on April 3

The international co-production from Vérité Films, Tailored Films and Storyhouse also premieres
on RTÉ in Ireland on April 3 and on Belgium's KETNET in fall 2024


TORONTO, March 28, 2024 /CNW/ - WildBrain Television is thrilled to announce the exclusive Canadian premiere of international co-production Louise Lives Large on Family Channel on April 3, 2024 at 7 p.m. EST, with new episodes rolling out every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST starting April 17. The premiere of Louise Lives Large is part of Family Channel's free preview running now until April 5. The heartwarming series will also premiere on Ireland's RTE on April 3, with Belgium's KETNET premiering the series fall 2024.

A dramatic comedy series for young people and families, Louise Lives Large is about resilience and embracing change. It follows the inspiring journey of newly cancer-free teen Louise Edgar as she embarks on a mission to make up for lost time, completing the items on her "Live Large List". With the help of new friend and school outsider, Jess, Louise tackles her list one item at a time and, whether experiencing triumphs or setbacks, truly starts to live large.

Katie Wilson, VP, Channels & Global Acquisitions at WildBrain Television, said: "Louise Lives Large is a thought-provoking and heartwarming show that tackles a serious subject with an uplifting message. We continue to see Canadian audiences connect with shows like Louise Lives Large—live action series for tweens and teens with strong 'coming of age' themes. We're delighted to add Louise to our lineup this spring."

Series creator and head writer Carol Walsh said: "The goal of Louise Lives Large is to bring teens and families together to enjoy a great story. It's also about the journey of countless teenagers who struggle with illness, bullying, and ostracism, in a way that reflects true-to-life experiences but doesn't shy away from the humour and courage they display. It's a series about survival, self-definition and, above all, hope."

Walsh worked with young cancer survivors to shape the stories in the series through a collaboration with CanTeen and the Irish Cancer Society. Her goal was to ensure Louise Lives Large was authentic, accurate, mindful, sensitive to the topic at hand, and as warm and funny as the young people she met and was inspired by. Ultimately, the message of the show is one of empowerment.

Louise Lives Large features a cast of emerging young Irish stars delivering funny, authentic and heartwarming performances, including Beth Fallon as Louise, Aimee Kennedy as Jess, and Damian Saintana as Rob, alongside an adult cast that includes Camille Lucy Ross (Disenchanted, Arrival) and Joren Seldeslachts (Torpedo, Blind).

Shot on location in Ireland, Louise Lives Large is an official Ireland-Belgium-Canada treaty coproduction produced by ;Julianne Forde and Mairtín de Barra (Tailored Films, Ireland), Maarten Schmidt and Xavier Rombaut (Storyhouse, Polar Bear, Belgium) and Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint (Vérité Films,& Canada). The series is financed by RTÉ, Ketnet, and Family Channel, with the support of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Coimisiún na Meán, Rialtas na hÉireann/the Government of Ireland, Creative Europe, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the Belgian Tax Shelter, the Flanders Tax Shelter, Ontario Creates, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.


WildBrain is the global distributer for Louise Lives Large outside of Ireland and Belgium.

For more information, please contact:
Misha Harding
Communications Specialist, WildBrain
+1 416-676-2461


About Family Channel
Family Channel provides the best in family entertainment in a premium, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to making screen time family time, Family Channel features all-time favourite series, movies and specials, offering something for everyone. Family Channel subscribers also have access to all the latest and greatest Family Channel programming all day, every day on Family OnDemand at no additional cost. Visit us at Family.ca.

About WildBrain Television
WildBrain Television is comprised of four premium kids' and family networks, including Family Channel, Family Jr., WildBrainTV and Télémagino. Delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families, WildBrain Television is home to world-renowned series and specials, including Holly Hobbie, Ruby and the Well, Jungle Beat, Brave Bunnies, Caillou, Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City, Slugterra, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and Summer Memories.

About RTÉ
RTÉ is Ireland's national public service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost effective, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.

About Tailored Films
Building on their successful track record of financing award winning feature films through co-production and their experience in developing and producing numerous live action drama series for Irish broadcaster RTÉ for children, Louise Lives Large is Tailored's most ambitious drama series for YA viewers to date. TV projects include: three seasons of high end German crime drama series Der Irland Krimi, shot on location in Ireland and distributed by Beta, as well as Spooky Stakeout distributed by MPI Media Group and Ace my Space distributed by Banijay Rights. Feature films include The Lodgers, which premiered at TIFF, and the MUBI financed Bring Them Down, which stars Barry Keoghan, due for release in 2024. Tailored are also co-producing the upcoming film from Cannes winner Ali Abassi, starring Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Strong.

About Storyhouse
Maarten Schmidt founded Storyhouse in 2013 after working in The Netherlands. He worked in the creative and production department on 30 films. All have been broadcast, some with an international theatrical release and some were awarded at major film festivals. Storyhouse focuses on youth content and our mission statement is: 'to empower and inspire future generations through stories with purpose'. Read more at www.storyhousefilm.com.

About Vérité Films
Authenticity is at the core of Vérité Films, defining our television projects, films, and how we work with creative people. Our philosophy has led us to produce some of the most iconic arts and entertainment brands in Canada, including Corner Gas and InSecurity (comedy), the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (performing arts), and Louise Lives Large, Jeremy and Jazzy, Incredible Story Studio and renegadepress.com (children's and youth). The result is over 400 episodes of award-winning film and television. For nearly 30 years we have been innovators, and remain on the cutting edge of production, branding, marketing and distribution.