Streaming service Netflix and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have entered into a multi-year partnership to create a series of documentary films. Entertainmentwise reports that the series will have an environmental focus.
The move follows a similar arrangement that resulted in DiCaprio’s wildlife documentary “Virunga.” That film, which was executive produced by DiCaprio and distributed by Netflix, was nominated for an Oscar this year for best feature documentary.
In a statement, 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.”
DiCaprio has been gaining a reputation for environmental activism, with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation raising millions to protect the habitats of endangered species. The actor addressed the U.N. Climate Change Summit in September.