DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentaries that will air exclusively on streaming service
DiCaprio partners with Netflix for documentaries that will air exclusively

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way has signed up with the online streaming service Netflix to produce documentaries on environment.

DiCaprio’s company said Wednesday that it will produce the documentary and a series that will focus on the environment and conservation.

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ star DiCaprio will be the producer or executive producer for all the films and docu-series that will premiere exclusively on Netflix. The actor has previously with Netflix on the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Virunga’. DiCaprio was an executive producer on the documentary, which was about the Democratic Republic of Congo's rare mountain gorillas.

In a statement announcing the plans for programmes to premiere exclusively on Netflix, DiCaprio said, “Working with Netflix on Virunga has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers. There’s never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all makes sense of the issues we face”.

He added that through this partnership, he will generate documentaries with topical and provocative environmental and conservation themes. With Netflix, these documentaries will have global distribution on the streaming service that now claims to have 57 million subscribers in 50 countries.

He hopes that this will give documentary filmmakers the chance to have their films seen immediately by audiences all around the world.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said this partnership is a natural extension of their incredible relationship with Leo on 'Virunga’. Now the deal will push Netflix further into original programming in an effort to gain a larger audience.

The streaming service has the Adam Sandler-starrer The Ridiculous Six in progress, which is the first of four movies Sandler will make to be broadcast exclusively on Netflix.

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