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Netflix signs Leonardo DiCaprio to doc deal

The streaming service is teaming with DiCaprio's prodco Appian Way to produce and acquire non-fiction films and series.
March 4, 2015

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it has signed a first-look deal with Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way on documentary film and series projects that will premiere exclusively on the streaming platform.

Netflix first partnered with DiCaprio in October, when he signed on as the executive producer of Virunga (pictured), which went on to earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary feature.

Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to develop and acquire fact-based projects, with a focus on environmental and conservation themes. DiCaprio will serve as producer or executive producer on all the projects.

Based in Los Angeles, Appian Way has produced such DiCaprio vehicles as The Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island and The Aviator, as well as the psychological thriller Orphan, Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, and The Ides of March, starring George Clooney. Jennifer Davisson serves as president of production.

Appian Way’s slate of upcoming productions includes an untitled film about falsely-accused Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell, starring Jonah Hill, and a big-screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night, which Ben Affleck will script, direct and star in.

The company also has a first-look theatrical deal with Warner Bros.

About The Author
Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at] or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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