via press release:
ARTHUR Surpasses One Million Facebook Fans
PBS KIDS' Most Popular Facebook Page Celebrates a Milestone as Arthur Makes His
October 30th, 2012--ARTHUR, television's longest-running children's animated series, recently launched its 16th season. On the heels of the October 15th premiere, ARTHUR celebrated his one-millionth Facebook fan, a milestone for both the popular television program and for PBS KIDS.
ARTHUR's Facebook page is home to a loyal community of fans from across globe. Visitors to the page receive the latest news from Elwood City, including the recent sneak peak at Arthur's newest friend and neighbor, Ladonna Compson. In addition, fans get access to exclusive video and multimedia content, as well as trivia, sneak previews, and special offers.
"Even though ARTHUR premiered 16 years ago, reaching this Facebook milestone proves that the show is just as relevant today as it was in 1996," noted Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. "It's clear from the many contributions we receive on our Facebook page-from fan artwork and videos, to personal stories-that ARTHUR remains important to kids and adults of all ages. Here's to one million more!"
"Arthur has always been my friend, and I knew he had others. But over a million friends is pretty amazing!" remarked Arthur creator Marc Brown.
Have you friended Arthur yet? Join the 1 million strong at https://www.facebook.com/PBSArthur.
*Pssst, this holiday season, Facebook fans will receive a very special announcement from Arthur and his pals. Stay tuned...
ARTHUR, based on the best-selling books by Marc Brown, is television's longest-running children's animated series. Over the past 15 seasons, ARTHUR has remained one of the highest-rated weekday children's series on PBS among children 4-8. ARTHUR has won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and six Daytime Emmys®-four for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. ARTHUR is produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment. Executive producers are Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Vince Commisso (9 Story), and Marc Brown (Marc Brown Studios). Directed by Greg Bailey. Funding for ARTHUR is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese's®.
About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the leading producer of primetime and children's programs for PBS, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and Martha Speaks. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio, a leader in educational multimedia, and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards...even two Oscars. For more information, visit www.wgbh.org.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the #1 educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math, and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.