KCETLink Presents CCTV America's New Environmental Documentary, 'Tipping Point: The Amazon'

BURBANK, Calif. - May 21, 2014 - KCETLink, the national

independent transmedia network, presents TIPPING POINT: THE AMAZON,
a new documentary from CCTV America, the American division of China Central

Television, exploring the survival of the Amazon amidst Brazil's rapid economic

growth. The film will premiere on KCET (Southern California) on June 6, 2014 at

9 p.m. PT and on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) on June 7 at 8

p.m. PT/ET.

South America's largest nation,

Brazil, is home to the world's largest tropical rain forest.
   The Amazon River Basin holds 20% of the

world's freshwater and produces 20% of its oxygen - it plays a major role in

stabilizing the earth's ecosystem, but that balance is shifting.
  Production and profit for a fast-growing

economy jeopardizes the preservation of Amazonia.

TIPPING POINT: THE AMAZON follows CCTV America correspondent Sean Callebs across the Amazon from

Macapa to Manaus, as well as from Altamira to Parauapebas to reveal the people

and the eco-system that supports them. 

Callebs examines the construction of the extraordinary Belo Monte Dam on

the Xingu River in the state of Pará, during an extensive month-long

investigation in late 2013, where he meets with governors, industrialists,

eco-warriors and ordinary people about the condition of region.  He also profiles the Kayapo people and even

meets a giant anaconda.

The film was shot by award-winning videographer Andrew

Smith, who also served as editor for which he was awarded first place in the

television magazine editing category at the National Press Photographers

Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism Video

Photography and Video Editing contest.

Callebs is a veteran correspondent who joined CCTV

America in 2012 after 20 years as a correspondent for CNN. 



KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link

Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that

provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the

public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment

to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and

opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the

world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported

501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via

satellite on Link TV - DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - and

on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as

through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET

and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and

community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.


CCTV America began producing unique programming in the

Americas about the Americas in February 2012. 

CCTV America is a division of CCTV News, a global English language news

channel that reaches some 85 million viewers in more than 100 countries and

territories. The channel reaches 35 million viewers in North America.  Channel distribution includes COMCAST -273 in

Washington DC and Time Warner 134 in New York. Nationally it can be seen on the

Dish Network 279. 


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