Premium cable network HBO has acquired the rights to Rebecca Stern‘s feature-length documentary Well Groomed.
The 60-minute version film, which held its world premiere at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival, provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look into the world of competitive and creative dog grooming alongside the women transforming their poodles into living sculptures.
An HBO Sports presentation, Well Groomed chronicles a year on the ground at various large-scale competitive dog grooming events – from South Carolina to California to New York to Arkansas – and follows a group of women whose lives revolve around washing, blow-drying, fluffing and transforming their beloved hounds into imaginative and bold sculptures.
Well Groomed is produced by Cattle Rat Productions in association with Spacestation. The film is produced by Stern (Netizens, Tre Maison Dasan), Justin Levy and Matthew C. Mills, alongside executive producers Chris Vivion, Annie Roney and Sue Turley. Meryl Goldsmith is co-executive producer. HBO’s Bill Simmons and Peter Nelson are executive producers.
Annie Roney of ro*co Films negotiated the deal on the behalf of the filmmakers.
Well Groomed is slated to premiere in December on HBO. The film will also be made available on HBO on Demand, HBO Now, HBO G0 and partners’ streaming platforms.
“Well Groomed takes viewers into the imaginative and obsessive world of competitive dog grooming,” said Simmons in a statement. “Director Rebecca Stern and her team’s documentary introduce many memorable characters — both human and canine.”
“The film explores a world where competition, art and animals combine in the most vivid color and is a perfect match for the HBO Sports ethos of innovative programming,” added Stern