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Leonardo DiCaprio Documentary Series 'Frontiersmen' Ordered by History
Leonardo DiCaprio is adding a television credit to his résumé.
History has ordered Frontiersmen, an eight-hour documentary series from the Oscar-winning actor. The doc hails from DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment, with Jennifer Davisson on board as an executive producer.
Frontiersmen will follow the stories of such iconic pioneers as Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crockett and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land, spanning the first 75 years from the post-Revolutionary War colonies through the California Gold Rush. The series will show how the frontier helped shape us from colonists into today’s Americans.
"During these years, America went from the opportunity of land to the land of opportunity, and it was a bloody struggle throughout,” Paul Cabana, History's executive vp and head of programming, said Monday in a statement. “From Crockett to Boone, we’ll tell the bold stories of these adventurous trailblazers who explored the uncharted wilderness and became the icons we know today.”
Also serving as executive producers on Frontiersmen, for which A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights, are Appian Way's Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson, along with History's Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll.