Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio to partner on non-fiction projects

The SVOD platform and the actor-producer have signed a multi-year first look deal for documentaries and docuseries that will premiere exclusively on Netflix. (Pictured: Virunga)
March 4, 2015

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.”

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