Louise has spent several years working hands-on with film and online video production.
“The Kleptocrats” — the feature-length film she wrote and executive produced — was debuted at NYC Doc Fest in 2018, aired on the BBC and toured to festivals in Australia, Europe and elsewhere. It was sold to Sony and Starz and can now be streamed on Apple and Amazon. The film grew out of one of Louise’s investigations, which led to a grand jury investigation, a $3.9 billion fine levied on Goldman Sachs, the criminal conviction of Malaysia’s prime minister and other impact around the world. Louise was active in storyboarding the film, handling many of the interviews and film shoots and navigating legal and publicity matters. Some of her own footage and photography was also used in the film.
As a senior editor and executive producer at The New York Times, Louise led Live Video there in 2016 and 2017, overseeing all original live video coverage on all of the topics The Times covers — from international to politics to cooking, music and other feature areas. More than 300 Times journalists regularly participated and Louise’s team ran a control room and training operation helping them create great content in real-time. Some highlights were streams related to the 2016 presidential election, including an 11 hour election night livestream pulling in reports from around the world; livestreams of Times Talks; live footage from major breaking news stories like a coup in Turkey and the Pulse night club shoot; original series that focused on race in America, cooking, crossword puzzle solving and music. Louise worked with reporters to use live video to make their reporting interactive, an approach used in many of The Times’ stories during this period including a story in the package that won the 2017 International Pulitzer Prize. Her team produced numerous videos from the livestreams, including one that received the Online News Association’s 2017 award for Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling.
Louise also hosted The Times’ early live video news programs, Business Day Live and TimesCast, which covered major stories of the day. As a reporter, Louise partnered to create numerous videos at The Times including one that won an Emmy in 2010.