Animal Planet and Lionsgate have joined forces in an appropriate, animal-themed way, partnering on the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to the Slamdance documentary Million Dollar Duck. Lionsgate will be distributing the film in limited theatrical release along with digital home entertainment and packaged media. All television rights go to Animal Planet which will air the film after its theatrical release. The announcement expands the partnership between Lionsgate and Animal Planet parent company Discovery; the companies have also announced a home entertainment distribution agreement allowing Lionsgate to distribute Discovery programming on packaged media platforms in the U.S..
Million Dollar Duck examines the eccentric subculture surrounding the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, tracking six artists vying to win what’s been called “the Olympics of wildlife art” by designing the latest version of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. One of the most successful conservation tools of all time, the stamp has been required since 1934 by the U.S. Government in order to hunt migratory waterfowl. The film premiered on Sunday during the Slamdance Film Festival.
Directed by Brian Golden Davis, it was edited by Derek Boonstra and shot by Christian Bruno. Mark Jonathan Harris and Richard Prager executive produced and Laura Young Lee and Kye Woo Lee produced. The deal was negotiated by John Hoffman and Ryan Harrington for Discovery Communications, by Lionsgate EVP Theatrical Acquisitions & Co-Productions Eda Kowan and Lionsgate acquisitions executive Lauren Freeman, and by Abby Davis and Adam Galen of Preferred Content for the filmmakers.