PBS Series “Journey to Planet Earth” Turns to Kickstarter To Raise Funds for New Episode Hosted by Matt Damon


“Extreme Realities” Investigates the Link Between Extreme Weather Events, Climate Change and Threats to Our National Security

journey_earth_logoWASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2013 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner have turned to alternative crowd-funding source Kickstarter to help support a new episode in their continuing PBS series, Journey to Planet Earth.

Called Extreme Realities and once again featuring series host/narrator Matt Damon, the one-hour documentary will investigate the delicate relationship between climate change, extreme weather events and threats to our national security.

Matt Damon narrates Journey to Planet Earth
Matt Damon narrates Journey to Planet Earth

It will also suggest bi-partisan options to ease climate-induced pressures affecting food security, extreme poverty, and loss of biodiversity.

When asked, “Why Kickstarter?,” Marilyn Weiner pointed out that, “Ultimately, it all boils down to the state of our economy and the underwriting challenges faced by independent public television producers.”

Hal Weiner added, “Though we have already raised three quarters of our budget, we found ourselves half-way through production and had simply exhausted our search for additional funding from traditional sources.”

Kickstarter is a popular funding platform for creative projects; everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Since it was launched four years ago, more than $450 million has been pledged by more than 3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects.

Journey To Planet Earth is the first time a major PBS series has turned to Kickstarter. The producers are seeking to raise $75,000 and have 45 days to do it. If successful, it could become a new model for PBS funding.

To learn more about the Extreme Realities project on Kickstarter here’s the link: http://kck.st/ZDEShx

Click here to see a video preview of Extreme Realities.

Extreme Realities will be the thirteenth episode of the Journey to Planet Earth series. Produced by Screenscope in association with South Carolina ETV, every episode has been part of public television’s prime-time national schedule and has enjoyed exceptionally high Nielsen ratings consistently 20 to 25 percent higher than the average PBS audience.

The series includes an educational and community outreach campaign reaching more than two dozen science centers and museums and more than 3,000 universities and colleges yielding an annual audience of approximately 1.2 million students. In addition, Journey to Planet Earth episodes are broadcast in most major overseas television markets. Each episode of the series yields a global television audience of more than 40 million viewers.


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