Media streaming giant Netflix is continuing to make strides in its commitment to providing original entertainment, from creating a plethora of new original narrative series, to their old favorites making strong returns this year, as well as making deals to provide simultaneous releases on both the big screen and their service. Now, they want to try and provide more nonfiction material as part of their original programming lineup, and they’ve sought out one of Hollywood’s biggest stars to help them do it.
According to Variety, Netflix and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have come to an agreement to partner on multiple documentary and docu-series projects that will bow exclusively on the streaming service. The projects, which will be themed around the ideas of environmentalism and conservation, will follow DiCaprio’s passion as a devoted environmentalist, and will feature himself as either a producer or executive producer on all of the projects. The actor and the streaming giant most recently partnered on the documentary Virunga, which was nominated for “Best Documentary Feature” at this year’s Academy Awards. DiCaprio was an executive producer on that project, which was released through the actor’s production company, Appian Way.
DiCaprio released a statement on the new partnership, saying,
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.
DiCaprio’s environmental qualifications continue to increase, as he was recently named as a “Messenger of Peace” by the United Nations on matters of climate change, and addressed the international body’s summit discussing the matter late last year. Seeing more documentary material show up on the streaming site should be a positive step forward for the service as it continues to diversify its offerings, and if future partnerships between DiCaprio and Netflix can continue to produce high quality documentary content as happened with Virunga, then this partnership should prove to be very beneficial to both parties.
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