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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ink Netflix deal to produce docs, docuseries

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have signed a deal with Netflix to produce films and series for the streamer, including scripted series, docuseries, ...
September 2, 2020

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have signed a deal with Netflix to produce films and series for the streamer, including scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming.

There are already several projects in development including a nature docuseries and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women.

The focus of the deal will be on creating a wide range of programs about stories and issues that resonate with them personally,  such as those that their non-profit Archewell is focused on.

The Duke and Duchess are committed to highlighting diverse voices in front of and behind the camera, according to Netflix, as well as to diverse hiring practices for the key roles they are actively filling at their production company.

Markle, well known for her role on the USA Network series Suits, has no plans to return to acting, the streamer stated.

Prince Harry most recently worked closely with the filmmakers of the documentary Rising Phoenix, in which he also appears. The documentary premiered on Netflix last week.

In a statement, the Duke and Duchess said: “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.”

Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer at Netflix, added: “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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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