Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights from Participant Media and Omidyar Network to the documentary Merchants of Doubt, a film by Academy Award nominated producer-director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.).
Merchants of Doubt is presented by Sony Pictures Classics, in association with Participant Media and Omidyar Network, a film by Kenner, produced by Kenner and Melissa Robledo, executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media, and Pierre Omidyar of Omidyar Network, and co-produced by Brian Pearle, Taki Oldham, Dylan Nelson and Youtchi von Lintel. Directors of Photography on the film include Don Lenzer, Barry Berona and Jay Redmond with music by Mark Adler. The film will be slated to be released by the end of the year.
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued 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.
Robert Kenner had this to say about working with Participant Media, Omidyar Network and Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.
"I was thrilled that Participant Media and The Omidyar Network were ready to back a comedy about science denial and that Sony Pictures Classics will be taking this film out into the world. With Merchants of Doubt, I saw a chance to show audiences a world they hadn't seen before-a chance to lift the curtain and expose how these messages are crafted and sold to the public."
Sony Pictures Classics also offered the following statement.
"Merchants of Doubt is that rare triple threat: well made, entertaining and destined to immediately become part of this volatile cultural debate. We look forward to bringing this outstanding film to the world."
Diane Weyermann, EVP of Documentary Films at Participant Media, had this to say in her statement.
"Robby's terrific film Food, Inc. is one of Participant's most successful, impactful documentaries, and we anticipate audiences will also embrace Merchants of Doubt. Sony Pictures Classics had been tracking Merchants of Doubt since the beginning and we're thrilled they will be taking this provocative film out to the world."
Jeff Ivers negotiated the deal for the film on behalf of Participant Media with Sony Pictures Classics.