After a successful premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival yesterday, Brian Golden Davis’ documentary “Million Dollar Duck” has been picked up in a joint deal between Animal Planet and Lionsgate. Animal Planet has acquired television rights to the film, while Lionsgate will distribute the doc in a limited theatrical rollout and on digital home entertainment and packaged media.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Million Dollar Duck’ dives into the wonderfully eccentric world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest — the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. The Duck Stamp is among the most successful conservation tools ever created, simultaneously spawning a uniquely American subculture brimming with talent, ego, art, controversy, big money, and migratory waterfowl. Following six wildlife artists striving to win ‘the Olympics of wildlife art,’ the film brings to life the high tension competition as one by one each is eliminated, leaving a winner whose life will be changed forever.”
“From the moment I saw ‘Million Dollar Duck,’ I knew Animal Planet would be the perfect home for this heartfelt and humorous film,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. “Showcasing this film brings to light this special program that supports wetlands conservation and aligns with our network’s goal to activate people on animal welfare concerns.”
Animal Planet will air “Million Dollar Duck” in the fall following its theatrical run.