CTV signs on for a whole lot of Anne

Thanks to YouTube, Sullivan Entertainment's search for the new Anne of Green Gables is over, and CTV's on board big time.

CTV has acquired rights for Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, a prequel from Toronto-based Sullivan Entertainment, and plans to make it a three-hour movie and television event in 2008.

The prodco found its newest Anne Shirley in an open casting call on YouTube (coupled with a cross-Canada audition tour) that ended up attracting almost 1,000 hopefuls. Toronto’s Hannah Endicott-Douglas (The Good Witch, Samantha: An American Girl) was chosen to star alongside Rachel Blanchard (7th Heaven, Clueless) and Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady, Hannah and Her Sisters), who plays Anne as a woman in her fifties reflecting on her past. Endicott-Douglas was introduced on eTalk last night.

The net also picked up about 128 hours of content from Sullivan, including the original three Anne of Green Gables mini-series; the Emmy Award-winning series Road to Avonlea and The Magic Flute Diaries.

Production is underway on the new Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. Updates will be posted at www.sullivanmovies.com.