CBC-TV'S FLAGSHIP DOCUMENTARY SERIES, DOC ZONE, LAUNCHES THE SEASON WITH A SOBER TAKE ON MODERN ZOOS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 26, 2013 - Worldwide, zoos attract some 700 million visitors a year. In North America, annual attendance at zoos exceeds all the major sports franchises combined. There is no institution more adored or reviled than the modern zoo. Despite their popularity with the public, the debate over whether wild creatures belong in captivity continues. Critics argue zoos traffic in living creatures, exploiting them for profit and amusement. Zoos counter they educate the public and provide refuge for vanishing species. As habitat destruction and mass extinctions accelerate, zoos may be our Noah's Ark. ZOO REVOLUTION on DOC ZONE asks, are zoos part of the problem, or part of the solution?

ZOO REVOLUTION airs on CBC-TV's DOC ZONE, Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

ZOO REVOLUTION takes the viewer deep inside the increasingly controversial debate about the value of zoos in the 21st century. Are zoos an old-fashioned and outmoded way of displaying animals for entertainment - an idea whose time has come and gone? Or are they more important than ever before, at the vanguard of species survival and public education? ZOO REVOLUTION presents experts and animal lovers on both sides of the argument in Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Germany and Australia. 

The film is written and directed by Geoff D'Eon and produced by Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Dream Street Pictures.

About Dream Street Pictures

Based in Halifax, Dream Street Pictures is a full service independent film and television Production Company specializing in documentary, drama, and, arts programming.  Previous documentaries include SEXT UP KIDS for Doc Zone, and THE GREY LANE for Documentary channel.  Dream Street has also produced television movies, like the International Emmy-award winning THE PHANTOMS, the Gemini Award-winning mini-series, CANADA RUSSIA ’72, and STICKS & STONES, which captured the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize and was named Best Picture by the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.

About CBC-TV’s DOC ZONE

CBC Television's documentary series explores and expands on the major issues of our time. Around the corner, around the world, our cameras bring viewers to the center of the stories everyone is talking about. Informed, exciting and eventful, DOC ZONE presents a sweeping panoramic view of what matters most to Canadians.

For more information visit: cbc.ca/doczone/, like us on Facebook: /DreamStreetPictures and follow on Twitter: /CBC Docs 

For photos, interviews and more information contact:

Wendy Phillips, Publicity
(902) 492-0960 / wendy@pprl.ca