The Recently Completed Trilogy of Breakthrough Entertainment’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables Comes to PBS for National Broadcast

The Two Newest Films Include ‘The Good Stars’ and ‘Fire & Dew’ starring Martin Sheen, Ella Ballentine and Sara Botsford

TORONTO (March 15, 2017) – Following the success of PBS’ Thanksgiving 2016 U.S. primetime premiere of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, leading Canadian studio Breakthrough Entertainment announces a new deal with the tenured broadcaster which will bring the second and third installments of the trilogy, The Good Stars and Fire & Dew, to audiences in the United States.

“We are thrilled to bring Anne Shirley back to PBS stations and viewers in the second and third installments of the Anne of Green Gables trilogy,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming, at PBS. “The first Anne of Green Gables premiered last Thanksgiving and reached 3.2 million viewers. In addition, it was streamed more than 230,000 times across PBS digital platforms. These films are a wonderful example of the family-friendly programming PBS provides to viewers year round, and especially during the holiday season.”

The iconic Canadian literary classic returns to PBS stations after the successful February 2017 Family Day premiere of The Good Stars in Canada on YTV. L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and the author’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who served as Executive Producer.

“I am so delighted that PBS will bring the two newest installments of L.M.Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to viewers in the United States. My hat is off to Breakthrough Entertainment for producing such beautiful movies that encapsulate my grandmother’s most famous novels,” says Kate MacDonald Butler.

The Good Stars, written and directed by John Kent Harrison, and Fire & Dew, written by Susan Coyne and directed by John Kent Harrison, will once again star critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, along with the return of Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and celebrated Canadian actress Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert.

“It is rewarding for us as a studio to partner again with PBS in the acquisition of the next two films of this series. We are delighted that PBS will be able to fulfill the demand from their viewers and fans for more time with Anne after such a successful broadcast of the first film,” says Nat Abraham, Partner and President of Distribution at Breakthrough Entertainment.

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel, Anne of Green Gables the trilogy tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious little girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew. In The Good Stars Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces complex issues with her friends, learns from inspirational adults and experiences an escalating friendship with Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to become sensible. In Fire & Dew, Anne Shirley moves to Charlottetown and is overwhelmed by her new surroundings, difficult classes at teacher’s college and a deepening romance with Gilbert. At the same time, Matthew and Marilla deal with health and financial difficulties that jeopardize their lives at Green Gables.

About Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award-winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter.

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