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Appian Way Productions Closes Multi-Picture First Look Film Deal With Sony Pictures Entertainment
Culver City, CA – August 13, 2020 -- Appian Way Productions – the film and television production company founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and co-run by Jennifer Davisson – has closed a multi-picture, multi-year first look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce scripted feature films. The companies are already in development on two projects.
“For over three decades in the business, Tom has never adhered to the traditional Hollywood norms,” noted DiCaprio. “Never once taking the safe route, he truly values filmmakers and their vision and is extremely supportive of the theatre-going experience. I could not be more excited to enter into a new phase of partnerships with Sony.”
“I first met the supernova talented Leonardo DiCaprio over 24 years ago on Romeo and Juliet. We then shipped out together on the Titanic and my admiration for him as a fully-rounded filmmaking genius has only increased over the many years since,” said Tom Rothman, Chairman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. “His producing and acting instincts -- superbly supported by Jennifer -- are both driven by service to the best material in the world. At Sony, we feel like we just landed a rare GOAT deal -- as Michael Jordan and Tom Brady are to basketball and football, so is Leo to film.”
Sony Pictures and DiCaprio recently collaborated on Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, resulting in his 7th Best Actor Oscar nomination. Appian Way Productions has produced several films starring DiCaprio including three-time Academy Award®-winner The Revenant, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Aviator, and Shutter Island.
About Appian Way Productions
Since its launch, Appian Way has released a diverse slate of content, including “The Right Stuff,” “Grant,” Alejandro Iñárritu’s three-time Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner “The Revenant,” Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award®- and Golden Globe- nominated “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “The Aviator,” along with “Shutter Island,” Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace” and George Clooney’s Golden Globe-nominated “The Ides of March.” The company has also put forth strong efforts to gain headway in the documentary world, especially as it pertains to shedding light on progressive environmental change producing movies “Virunga,” “Cowspiracy,” “Sea of Shadows,” “Ice on Fire,” and “And We Go Green.”
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html
SVP, Corporate Communications, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group