Louise Palanker is a writer/producer/performer/film maker/author/teacher in the arenas of radio, television, stand-up comedy, documentary film making and middle grade fiction.
Louise is the Award Winning author of Journals: Middle School Love and War. This title has been developed into an IOS App (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) called Journals which, has evolved into a social/advice network for teens and tweens.
Journals is your growing up hub. Teens and tweens the world over are joining the conversation, creating their own profiles and collectively building a safe space to read, write, learn, share, encourage, interact and give and get advice. The Cyber Kindness tone of the app is set by Teen Expert, Louise who brings to this experience a teaching background, and years of heading up mentoring programs and, a charitable organization designed to benefit children’s causes. Journals is an ever expanding world with many upcoming social features including a live, sharable journals, designed to encourage self expression and respect.
The Journals experience also includes a weekly video podcast featuring Louise and a panel of wise and thoughtful kids who tackle and address questions coming into the app. Journals is designed and created to help kids, the world over, share advice, creativity, music, art, stories, poetry, comedy, literature, love and support as they face the joy and confusion of growing up.
Louise’s goal is for Journals to foster communication between kids and their parents about the tough stuff of adolescence: boys, girls, dating, love, romance, sex, friends, bullies, families and complicated things like life. Posts from teens and tweens have been pouring into the app since 2009. Louise has personally answered thousands of questions which can currently be read in the app and online at Journalsnetwork.com. Journals: Out Loud, The Podcast brings this dialogue to a whole new level. Louise, together, with a team of teen panelists, give listeners the opportunity to learn what kids are thinking and wondering while encouraging them to join in the conversation.
Louise directed and produced a documentary film called Family Band: The Cowsills Story, which explores the lives of the famed 60s family pop band, The Cowsills who were the real-life inspiration behind The Partridge Family. Her first documentary film effort, “We Played Marbles: Remembering a Stolen Childhood” explores the lives of Holocaust Survivors. This film premiered at the Santa Barbara Film festival in 2007.
As a co-founder and the creative director of Premiere Radio Networks, the nation’s largest radio syndicator, Louise wrote, produced, directed and/or performed in over 30 radio programs and services while overseeing a department of talented writers, producers, and performers. The company was founded in 1986 by Louise and three partners and was sold to Clear Channel in 2000. Prior to founding Premiere Radio, Louise was a writer and segment producer for PM Magazine and then spent three years as the head writer for Rick Dees and The Weekly Top 40.”
After leaving Premiere in 2000, Louise launched a charitable foundation dedicated to benefiting children’s causes. She combined her teaching degree with her love of comedy and began The Kids Comedy Club, a stand-up comedy program for children, at Los Angeles area Boys & Girls’ Clubs and The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara where kids learn to write and perform stand up comedy. Through this program, Louise has been teaching and mentoring children for over 12 years.
Louise was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She lives in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA with her husband.