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Netflix teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio for docu projects

MUMBAI: Internet TV service provider Netflix, Hollywood actor, producer and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio and production company Appian Way have agreed to partner on upcoming documentary and docu-series projects as part of a first look deal for non-fiction projects to premiere exclusively on Netflix.

Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to identify and develop potential fact-based projects, with a particular focus on environmental and conservation themes, including original documentaries and docu-series as well as acquired existing projects.

DiCaprio will serve as producer or executive producer for all projects launched through the partnership. Netflix and DiCaprio first partnered on the documentary ‘Virunga’, which earned a 2015 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

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 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.”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “This partnership is a natural extension of our incredible relationship with Leo on ‘Virunga’. We look forward to building on our shared success with more thought-provoking, high-quality documentaries and docu-series.”