Locally-produced children's cartoon Arthur is going to be getting a new production partner. Boston-based PBS station WGBH is entering into a co-venture with Toronto-headquartered 9 Story Entertainment to produce the popular multiple award-winning children’s series.
Under the agreement, 9 Story Entertainment has also taken on international distribution of the new season, slated to premiere in the US in fall 2012 on PBS KIDS GO!
9 Story will digitally animate Arthur, which debuted fifteen years ago on PBS.
"The company is committed to maintaining the series’ celebrated standards of excellence, while also staying true to the elements that have made the show beloved by children and parents alike," 9 Story said in a statement on the news. "This is 9 Story’s third collaboration with WGBH, having previously worked on the production of two of its popular children’s series, Peep and the Big Wide World and Postcards from Buster."
“We are very proud to again partner with WGBH, the originators of Arthur, to both shepherd a refreshed production of this remarkable series and bring it to a new generation of children around the world,” said Vince Commisso, President and CEO of 9 Story Entertainment,. ”
The show, entering its 16th season of production, is based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown and revolves around the adventures of an eight-year-old aardvark and his family and friends. Arthur has aired in 83 countries and is considered a phenomenon holding the title for one of the longest-running children’s animated series in the U.S. It is the winner of four Emmy awards for outstanding Children’s Animation Program, a BAFTA award, as well as a Peabody Award.