KQED’s Deep Look YouTube Series Reveals the Cute and the Deadly with All-New Videos on January 26

Contact: Sevda Eris, seris@kqed.org, 415.553.2835

Deep Look, KQED’s award-winning YouTube series exploring big scientific mysteries by going very small, kicks off 2016 with all new videos, January 26 on the PBS Digital Studios network. From baby turtles to scorpions, viewers will get an up-close look at both the extremely cute and the extremely dangerous. All of Deep Look’s videos are shot in ultra-HD (4K) using macro cinematography and microscope video to travel to the edge of our visible world. Deep Look will roll out 20 new videos, two per month, in 2016.

“We’ve added more production resources and honed our 4K skills,” said Craig Rosa, Deep Look’s series producer. “Our recent win for Best Short Series at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has honored and inspired us to create even more compelling videos that bring rarely seen mysteries of the natural world to our fans within the PBS Digital Studios network and beyond."

Deep Look’s first four new videos explore a range of weird and wonderful nature stories:
•January 26 – Baby Turtles. Follow ridiculously cute, threatened baby turtles as they’re raised at the Oakland and San Francisco zoos until they’re big enough to fend off frogs and birds in search of a new home.
•February 9 – Ladybugs. Go on an annual winter odyssey with thousands of ladybugs as they hone in on the same mysterious gathering spots in the mountains to hibernate and find their Valentines.
•February 23 – Toxic Mushroom. A deadly mushroom is spreading in Northern California. Can it be stopped?
•March 8 – Mouse vs. Scorpion. Travel to the Sonoran Desert, where a highly venomous scorpion and a ferocious mouse are locked in an evolutionary battle of chemical warfare.

Deep Look is produced by KQED’s award-winning science team and is presented in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios. Launched in October 2014, Deep Look’s YouTube channel has more than 25,000 subscribers and 2.5 million views. The entire series with accompanying articles and additional content can also be accessed at KQED.org/deeplook.

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Of note: In October 2015, Deep Look won the Best Limited Series - Short Form at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The festival is one of the most prestigious in the world and is seen by many as the “Academy Awards” of nature films. Submissions to the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival included nearly 1,000 category entries — a record number — competing for 23 awards. The 2015 award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of international judges.

Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by PBS Digital Studios and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, the largest science and environment reporting unit in California. KQED Science is supported by HopeLab, The David B. Gold Foundation, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, The Vadasz Family Foundation, Smart Family Foundation and the members of KQED.

About PBS Digital Studios
PBS has long brought the public original, thought-provoking programming. PBS Digital Studios takes that same mission and applies it to the Internet age. Working with creators from across the web, its network of short-form video series showcases the best of the Internet while also celebrating the best parts of public television.

About KQED
KQED, an NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, serves the people of Northern California and beyond with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to one of the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, KQED is also a leader and innovator in interactive media and technology, taking people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.