Breakthrough Entertainment’s newly completed two-hour film revival of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables will air in the U.S. as a Thanksgiving special (that’s November 24th for them — remember, the day before Black Friday), thanks to a deal with U.S. public broadcaster PBS, Breakthrough announced today in a media release.
U.S. audiences will see “President” Martin Sheen of The West Wing transformed into PEI farmer Matthew Cuthbert. This version also stars Sara Botsford as Matthew’s sister Marilla, and 13-year-old Ella Ballentine as Anne. It enjoyed a successful launch on YTV here in Canada.
Breakthrough produced the film in association with Corus’ YTV, with Kate Macdonald Butler, granddaughter of Lucy Maud Montgomery, as Executive Producer.
Based in Toronto, Breakthrough is an award-winning (Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards) established producer and distributor to audiences worldwide. It’s also a well known producer of interactive entertainment, via its digital media division. (It’s also one of the few companies of its kind to have a “Pitch Us” link on its home page — it says, “We are always looking for fun, interesting ideas with mainstream appeal”, and invites both short talent tapes and film/series proposals.)