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History readies DiCaprio’s “Frontiersmen”

A+E Networks-owned History has commissioned Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce an eight-part docuseries following some of America’s first pioneers. The hour-long Frontiersmen is slated to ...
November 14, 2016

A+E Networks-owned History has commissioned Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to produce an eight-part docuseries following some of America’s first pioneers.

The hour-long Frontiersmen is slated to explore the stories of such iconic settlers as Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson. The series will also look to examine how the frontier shaped modern American society while chronicling the country’s formative first 75 years, from post-revolutionary war colonies to the California Gold Rush.

Appain Way’s DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson serve as executive producers alongside Stephen David Entertainment’s and Stephen David, and History’s Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.

“During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” said Paul Cabana, executive VP and head of programming at History, in a statement. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”

Appian Way has previously produced such environmental documentaries as The 11th Hour and the recently released clarion call Before the Flood. The LA-based production outfit’s scripted slate includes Shutter Island,  The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall StreetThe AviatorThe Ides of March and Orphan.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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