Half a year on from stopping to serve as a part of the British royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on course to become Hollywood producers.
Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, who are settling in California, unveiled new Hollywood careers on Wednesday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex formed an unnamed production company and now agreed on a multi-year contract with Netflix that shall pay them for documentaries, dramas, feature films, screenplay programs, and children’s shows — giving the pair a worldwide audience six months after their dramatic exit from Windsor.
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Harry and Meghan are likely to feature in some form of docuseries. However, as per a representative, Meghan carries no plans to return to her role as an actress. The last time she appeared on screen was back in 2018 in the American drama series Suits.
The couple said in a statement:
Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.
The couple added Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.” Their projects will be exclusive to Netflix, with 193 million subscribers globally.
It is not yet known how much Harry and Meghan would be paid, considering their lack of expertise as producers. A Netflix spokesperson refused to comment.
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The streaming giants, however, are known to back up Brink’s trucks when it needs to be in partnership with high-profile celebrities, especially when other entertainment firms still want their services.
In recent months, Harry and Meghan are speculated to be in quiet discussions with Disney and Apple. Two executives in-charge of the negotiations revealed the couple’s representatives were seeking a contract worth around $100 million. Variety announced last month the pair had both visited NBCUniversal.
It didn’t take Hollywood’s newest power couple very long to strike a major television production deal.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a multi-year deal to produce documentaries, films, TV shows and children’s programs for Netflix. pic.twitter.com/FA0TXSl4ns
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Netflix’s co-chief executive, Ted Sarandos, said in a statement:
We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.
Netflix is under obligation to continue its pipelines going while it competes with Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock, and traditional television networks.
Family content is exceptionally crucial to Netflix, and Harry and Meghan have already produced an animated series that centers on empowering women. Last week, Netflix launched “Rising Phoenix,” a documentary about the Paralympic Games; Harry, who created the Invictus Games for disabled soldiers, is featured in the movie.