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9 Story Takes Over Production of Animated Children’s Series, “Arthur”

Toronto, Canada — September 20, 2011 — Vince Commisso, President and CEO of 9 Story Entertainment, is pleased to announce a new co-venture with WGBH Boston to produce the popular multiple award-winning children’s series Arthur (20×30′), beginning with its 16th season, now in production.  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!(r)

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.  This is 9Story’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.  “We were thrilled with the opportunity to work on Peep and the Big Wide World and Postcards from Buster, and look forward to bringing the same enthusiasm and commitment to Arthur.”

9 Story, one of the industry’s leading producers of award-winning content for young  audiences around the world, has produced more than 500 half hours of quality children’s and family programming to date. ARTHUR, one of television’s most beloved children’s series, will markits fifteenth anniversary this fall with a season of ten new episodes beginning in October.

“We are delighted to expand our work with Vince Commisso and the 9 Story team to include Arthur,” said WGBH Senior Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. “As we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are looking ahead at new and exciting ways to continue the Arthur legacy that will resonate with our existing viewers as well as our new audiences.”

  • My god, the show is still around!? I used to watch it when I was a little kid.

  • Noooo! Jeezus! Who asked for this? The kids? No. Older viewers? No. Who, then? Absolutely no one, that’s who! Why do this? Why? Just because?

    Until ten seconds ago when I read this news, Arthur’s presence on TV was something I always found very heartwarming, both because it’s extremely rare for an American animated series to last so long (it premiered in 1996) and because it’s nice to have something that older viewers and younger viewers can share together, something that they both grew up on. That seems to be increasingly rare on TV these days.

    It was also nice that something as low-key and homemade-looking as Arthur could still hold its own on the increasingly frenetic world of kids’ TV, where even PBS has acquiesed to what I see as some regrettable trends.

    This is a shame. It really is. There’s no reason to change such a long-lasting show’s entire essence, and to strike a blow against one of the most durable bedrocks of drawn TV animation of recent times.

  • Joel

    And 9 Story’s Season 16 is pretty terrible. I really hope the show isn’t cancelled, but is produced by a more competent studio in the future.