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Director Brian Peter Falk, executive advisor David E. Kelley, founder and CEO of the Native Conservancy Dune Lankard, executive producer Andrew Zimmern, Deadline’s Pete Hammond and actor Shailene Woodley participate in the panel the premiere of HOPE IN THE WATER at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Photo courtesy of PBS/Rahoul Ghose.

New Three-Part Climate Documentary Series Debuting June 19

Close to 300 Attendees attend Event at Academy Museum on June 6, including Award-Winning Producer David E. Kelley, Emmy® Award-Winning Chef Andrew Zimmern and Environmental Enthusiast/Actor Shailene Woodley

Executive advisor David E. Kelley and actor Shailene Woodley celebrate the premiere of HOPE IN THE WATER at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Photo courtesy of PBS/Rahoul Ghose.

On Thurs., June 6PBS hosted a “Blue Carpet” premiere event for its new climate documentary series HOPE IN THE WATER. Co-hosted by Fed by Blue, St. Supery Vineyards and Hydrow, the premiere event took place at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ Ted Mann Theater in Los Angeles. Close to 300 guests gathered to receive a sneak peek of the PBS program paired with a panel discussion that included Executive Producer and James Beard award-winning Chef Andrew Zimmern, thirteen-time Emmy award-winning producer/writer and Executive Advisor David E. Kelley, actor/environmental enthusiast Shailene Woodley, series showrunner/director Brian Peter Falk and founder/CEO of the Native Conservancy Dune Lankard. The screening/panel event was followed by a reception featuring responsibly sourced seafood menu items. HOPE IN THE WATER will debut on PBS stations (Check Local Listings) and the PBS app on Wed., June 19.

PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming Sylvia Bugg welcomed guests to a preview of HOPE IN THE WATER. Exclusive clips of the show were followed by a Q&A moderated by Deadline’s Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond that was opened up to attending guests as well. A reception followed where guests celebrated the new series while drinking wines from St. Supery and passed bites from Wolfgang Puck Catering that included mini kombu leaf tacos and open-faced trout sliders. Diverse menu choices like kelp noodle summer rolls and kelp falafel were intentionally selected and designed to start a conversation around themes in the show.

Passed bites from Wolfgang Puck Catering included open-faced trout sliders at the premiere of HOPE IN THE WATER at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Photo courtesy of PBS/Rahoul Ghose.

Additional attendees included Katherine Bryar (Fed By Blue co-founder), Jennifer Bushman (Fed By Blue co-founder), Dan Buettner (Blue Zones founder /  author), Mike Dostal (Hydrow Athlete), Mac Evans (Hydrow Athlete), Shelea Frazier (Recording Artist), Jill Kauffman Johnson (Fed By Blue co-founder), Sharon Lawrence (actor), Andrew Russell (PBS SoCal CEO & President), Ian Shive (TV Personality, Discovery Channel), Thor Sigfusson (Iceland Ocean Cluster Founder), Bryce Smith (Hydrow Founder), Emma Swain (St. Supery Vineyards CEO), Jesus Trejo (stand-up comic, host of PBS’s Roots of Comedy), Patrick Weiland (SVP Intuitive Content) and many more.

HOPE IN THE WATER is a new three-part PBS documentary series coming to PBS stations and the PBS app on Wed., June 19. Alongside environmental enthusiasts Baratunde Thurston, Martha Stewart, José Andrés and Shailene Woodley, the series travels the globe to uncover solutions and practices helping to protect our oceans and waterways from climate change and the world’s growing demand for food. Audiences meet fishers, water farmers, scientists, chefs, home cooks and environmental activists all working together to ensure the longevity of our oceans, waterways and the communities and people who rely on them. 

Director Brian Peter Falk, executive advisor David E. Kelley, actor Shailene Woodley, Nature Conservancy’s Dune Lankard, executive producer Andrew Zimmern and Deadline’s Pete Hammond participate in the panel at the premiere of HOPE IN THE WATER at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Photo courtesy of PBS/Rahoul Ghose.