ITV3 Lines Up Breakthrough’s Anne of Green Gables


LONDON/TORONTO: ITV has come on board to broadcast the Breakthrough Entertainment-produced film L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

The two-hour film will air on ITV3 and is also produced in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and executive producer Kate Macdonald-Butler, the granddaughter of L.M. Montgomery, who wrote the original book in 1908. Based on the original script by Susan Coyne and directed by John Kent Harrison, the recent adaptation stars Martin Sheen, as well as newcomer Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley.

“It makes everyone at Breakthrough happy to see the story of Anne of Green Gables continue to spread across the globe,” says Craig McGillivray, the VP of distribution at Breakthrough Entertainment. “There is something special about sharing a classic Canadian literary character with viewers worldwide.”

Executive producer Joan Lambur added, “Despite the story being written many years ago, the character and tale of Anne Shirley are still so iconic in Canada and abroad as there is a profound amount of relevancy among audiences that extends to multiple generations. L.M. Montgomery has crafted a powerful tale that represents the resilience in adversity of the human spirit.”