Outdoor Channel has purchased the syndication rights to A&E Network hit Duck Dynasty, securing the first six seasons (71 episodes) of the long-running saga of the Robertson family.
Outdoor Channel will begin airing episodes of the show beginning Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET.
The deal marks a bit of a return for the Robertsons – they got their television start on Outdoor Channel with the show Duck Commander, and brother Wilie Robertson currently stars on the channel’s Buck CommanderProtectedby Under Armour.
The Robertsons – brothers Phil and Si, along with Phil's sons Willie, Jase and Jep – own and operate the Louisiana-based duck calling business “Duck Commander.” With Willie serving as CEO, the family has turned their signature beards and idiosyncratic personalities into a multimillion dollar business brand and iconic television series. Established in 1973, the company has grown from a “mom-and-pop” operation that creates fabricated duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood to a multimillion dollar sporting empire.
“We are excited about acquiring the first-run cable syndicated rights for the first six seasons of Duck Dynasty for Outdoor Channel and can’t wait to bring those episodes to our viewers,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks CEO and President Jim Liberatore in a statement. “As with any hugely popular television show that has been syndicated, we know fans of Duck Dynasty will flock to Outdoor Channel to relive the fun that started America’s love of the Robertson family.”
Duck Dynasty is produced for A&E Network by Gurney Productions. Executive producers for Gurney Productions are Deirdre Gurney and Scott Gurney. Executive producers for A&E are Brad Holcman and Laurie Sharpe.