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“THE STATE OF THE PLANET’S OCEANS” NEW EPISODE OF JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH PREMIERES MARCH 18, 2009 AT 8 P.M. MATT DAMON HOSTS


PBS Journey WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- “The State of the Planet’s Oceans,” the next episode in the award-winning environmental series Journey to Planet Earth, will be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 8 p.m., with Academy Award winner Matt Damon returning as on-camera host/narrator. Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Hal and Marilyn Weiner, the Journey To Planet Earth series reports on the most important environmental and sustainable development issues of the 21st century.

From Portugal to New England, Greenland to Peru, and Bangladesh to the Florida Keys, “The State of the Planet's Oceans” investigates the health and sustainability of the world's oceans, with a special emphasis on climate change and issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries, and coastal ecosystems. While presenting evidence of the threats to the oceans, “The State of the Planet’s Oceans” also reveals stories of hope, courage, and redemption.

Journey To Planet Earth is one of the most successful environmental series in the world, with episodes broadcast in most major overseas television markets, including Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Brazil and Canada. The series currently yields a worldwide television audience of over 75 million viewers per year. There are also over 5,000 videos of the series in educational media libraries yielding an annual audience of approximately 1.2 million students. For information about corporate underwriting opportunities or the purchase of Journey To Planet Earth episodes for educational use please send an e-mail to screenscope@screenscope.com or visit the series Web site located at www.pbs.org/journeytoplanetearth/.

Here’s What's Been Said About Journey To Planet Earth:
"The scope is wide, the photography compelling, the presentation is crisp. Take notice unless you've already booked passage to another galaxy." LA Times

"Profoundly serious stuff, crucial information for us and our children and theirs. A continuing series that looks at the orb with fresh eyes, is unmistakably a wake-up call." Newsday

"Don't miss Journey to Planet Earth." People Magazine

"Tonight's Best TV – Journey To Planet Earth. Welcome back, Matt Damon! We're glad to have you home again." Entertainment Weekly

"Superbly illustrates the desperate need for a balance between the needs of people and the environment. An extraordinary production -- a must buy for media libraries." -- School Library Journal

"Lavishly shot, this series introduces worldwide environmental concerns to students and other interested viewers." -- Booklist

The State of the Planet's Oceans is made possible by major grants from the National Science Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, with additional funding from the Munson Foundation and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Series Web site: www.pbs.org/journeytoplanetearth

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