Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have launched a production company and signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, features, and children’s programming for the streamer.
Deadline reports that the couple has met with several streaming services and traditional media companies about a mega-deal rumored to be potentially around $150 million.
“Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership,” said Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “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.”
Now that royal life is behind them, Prince Harry and Meghan plan to focus on creating content centered on diverse voices and talent, as well as staffing their yet-to-be-named production company with plenty of diversity. Some projects are already in the works, including an animated series featuring stories from inspiring women, and an innovative nature docu-series.
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” said The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a statement. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, 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, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action”.
While the former actress seems to have no intention to return to her acting career, the duo both plan to appear in documentaries. This move comes just six months after the couple stepped down from their roles as royals and relocated to California.
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