Oscar nominee Robert Kenner‘s latest documentary looks at professional skeptics — those who are hired to cast doubt and delay action on climate change. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up worldwide rights to Merchants Of Doubt from Participant Media and Omidyar Network. “Merchants Of Doubt is that rare triple threat: well made, entertaining and destined to immediately become part of this volatile cultural debate,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. The film is inspired by the book from Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, which takes a satirical look at the heart of conjuring American spin. Kenner (Food Inc.) focuses on a secretive group of charismatic pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Jeff Ivers negotiated the deal for the film on behalf of Participant Media with Sony Pictures Classics.