PBS’ Groundbreaking BIG BLUE LIVE Sets New Bar for Digital and Social Audience Engagement in a Natural History Series.
WEDU PBS to Host Free Live Screening Event at Tampa Theatre of BIG BLUE LIVE
For three nights at 8:00 p.m., starting August 31, WEDU will air BIG BLUE LIVE, PBS’ first live nature program centering on the extraordinary annual confluence of marine life in and around Monterey Bay, California. The series is inspiring the largest and most diverse digital and social engagement integration in PBS history and one of the largest ever for a natural history program. Elements include a robust multimedia presence on numerous social and digital platforms, additional as-it-happens content on pbs.org/bigbluelive, and integration of social and digital elements into the three-night live broadcast.
WEDU will also host a viewing event on the final night of the series at the Tampa Theatre. On September 2, 2015, doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and guests will be able to experience a collection of interactive displays, meet local scientists and professionals from Tampa Bay’s marine biology community. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a panel discussion with Dr. Jacqueline Dixon, Dean, College of Marine Science at the University of Florida; Margo McKnight, Vice President of Biological Operations at The Florida Aquarium; Peter Clark, Founder and President of Tampa Bay Watch. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Shannon McQuaig, host of WEDU Quest. The live broadcast of the third and final episode of BIG BLUE LIVE will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Free tickets are available online at www.wedu.org/bigbluelive.