Netflix and actor/producer Leonardo DiCaprio have signed a multi-year, first look deal that will see DiCaprio work with the VOD platform to identify and develop non-fiction projects, including documentaries and docuseries.
The deal will have a particular focus on environmental and conservation themes, as explored in Virunga (pictured), the Oscar-nominated Netflix doc that DiCaprio exec produced via his prodco, Appian Way. As part of the deal, DiCaprio will serve as a producer or executive producer for all projects launched through the partnership.
“Working with Netflix on Virunga has sparked a shared vision about projects that we want to develop and bring to viewers,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “There’s never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all make sense of the issues we face. Through this partnership with Netflix, I hope to give documentary filmmakers doing urgent and important work the chance to have their films seen immediately by audiences all around the world.”
“This partnership is a natural extension of our incredible relationship with Leo on Virunga,” added Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We look forward to building on our shared success with more thought-provoking, high-quality documentaries and docuseries.”