HISTORY(R) GREENLIGHTS 8-HOUR DOCUMENTARY SERIES 'FRONTIERSMEN'
LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND JENNIFER DAVISSON OF APPIAN WAY PRODUCTIONS TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE ALONG WITH STEPHEN DAVID OF STEPHEN DAVID ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY - November 14, 2016 - HISTORY greenlights "Frontiersmen," from Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are on board as executive producers along with Stephen David, it was announced today by Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. The eight-hour documentary series will follow the stories of iconic pioneers such as Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land.
"Frontiersmen" will span a formative period of American history - 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," said Cabana. "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."
"Frontiersmen" is produced for HISTORY by Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Michael Hampton and Phillip Watson are executive producers for Appian Way Productions. Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll are executive producers for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Frontiersmen."
About Appian Way
Appian Way Productions is a Los Angeles-based film and television production company founded by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Davisson serves as President of Production. Since its launch, Appian Way has released a diverse slate of films including Alejandro I��rritu's Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R) winner "The Revenant," Martin Scorsese's Academy Award(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominated "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R) winner "The Aviator," along with "Shutter Island," Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," George Clooney's Golden Globe(R) nominated "The Ides of March," and the psychological thriller "Orphan" among others.
The upcoming production slate includes the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's critically acclaimed novel "Live by Night" which was adapted, directed and starring by Ben Affleck; a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Japanese Anime science fiction "Akira;" in pre-production on "Robin Hood: Origins" to be directed by Otto Bathurst starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton produced with Lions Gate (shooting beginning in early 2017); a future film adaptation of "Twilight Zone," and an Untitled Richard Jewell Project starring Jonah Hill.
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