LeVar Burton’s much publicized Kickstarter campaign to
resurrect, as a web series, his old PBS children’s learning TV program, "Reading Rainbow," has hit a milestone.
goal of the campaign was to raise $1 million in 35 days (by July 2), which it did
in just one day. But, as of last week, the campaign
has raised some $6,408,916 million
from 105,857 backers, and that includes
a $1 million donation from "Family
Guy" and "Ted" creator Seth McFarlane.
The makes the
Rainbow campaign No. 4 on the all-time list of highest grossing Kickstarter campaigns, surpassing what was the previous 4th place record holder, the "Veronica Mars" film project (91,585 backers who contributed $5.7 million to make a film version of the TV show) – a completed movie that sort of came and went quickly with bad
reviews earlier this year. No doubt the "Reading Rainbow" project will be much
Only Neil Young’s "Pono" with $6.2 million, the Ouya game console with $8.6
million, and the still top record holder, Pebble Watch with $10.2
million, have out-grossed the "Rainbow" campaign.
And if anyone
can tell me what those three are, I would be grateful.