Published On: Thu, Mar 5th, 2015

DiCaprio to Partner With Netflix Inc

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high-profile name to partner with Netflix Inc, as he and his production company Appian Way will produce a documentary and a series that will premiere exclusively on the digital streaming service, the company said on Wednesday.

DiCaprio, who worked with Netflix on the Oscar-nominated documentary “Virunga” about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s rare mountain gorillas, will act as a producer or executive producer for the projects that will focus on the environment and conservation. “This partnership is a natural extension of our incredible relationship with Leo on ‘Virunga,'” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement.

The deal with DiCaprio, 40, pushes Netflix, which produces the Emmy-winning political thriller “House of Cards” and the comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black,” further into original programming in an effort to gain a larger audience.

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DiCaprio to Partner With Netflix Inc