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Banijay Rights takes Royals-focused doc “Thomas Markle: My Story”

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has acquired the rights to a new documentary film about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, told from the perspective of ...
January 22, 2020

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has acquired the rights to a new documentary film about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, told from the perspective of her estranged father, Thomas Markle (pictured).

Thomas Markle: My Story will tackle one of the biggest developing international news stories this year: the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step down from their roles and duties as senior royals to become financially independent and live in Canada part time.

The 90-minute doc will tell Thomas Markle’s side of the ongoing story, combining first-person testimony and a never-before-seen archive of stills and videos of Meghan Markle.

Thomas Markle has been a controversial figure since his daughter’s engagement and marriage to Prince Harry, facing accusations that he has aimed to raise his own public profile based on his daughter’s fame. Thomas Markle has never met his grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who is currently seventh in line to become King of England.

Thomas Markle: My Story is produced by Alaska TV for Channel 5. It was commissioned by Daniel Pearl and executive produced by Paul Sommers, managing director of Alaska TV.

Banijay holds international rights to the doc, excluding the U.S. and Canada.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this remarkable historical record to international broadcasters and platforms worldwide which comes from an experienced and award-winning creative team,” said Andreas Lemos, commercial director of factual at Banijay Rights, in a statement. “Set to be one of the most headline making feature documentaries of the year, this is first and foremost a stunning and poignant film from a father to his daughter, as she and her husband step down from royal duties, offering a unique insight into the decision that shocked the world.”

“Being able to make a high-quality feature documentary which balances revelation and sensitivity, on such a global and topical current news story, is something we are very proud of,” added Sommers.

(Photo courtesy of Banijay)

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