First, Netflix had “The Crown.” Now it’s Harry and Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a multi-year production affect the streaming company which will have the 2 royals producing exclusive films and series for the service, Netflix announced on Wednesday.
That includes scripted series, documentaries, features, and children’s programming. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may appear on camera for a few of the projects, but Meghan has no plans to return to acting. Markle starred on USA Network’s legal drama “Suits” from 2011 to 2018.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The news was first reported by the New York Times.
Netflix (NFLX) noted that the 2 are “committed to highlighting diverse voices ahead of and behind the camera” and “to diverse hiring practices for the key roles they’re actively filling at their production company.”
In January, Harry and Meghan announced that they were “stepping back” from their roles of members of British royalty, and would split time between the united kingdom and North America. The news became a worldwide story and sent shock waves through Britain.
Since then, the 2 have purchased a range in California and dabbled within the show business. Meghan, for instance, was the narrator for Disney’s nature documentary “Elephants.”
The Netflix deal is that the next step therein evolution.
The Duke and Duchess said during a statement on Wednesday that through their work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light-weight on people and causes around the world, their focus is going to be on creating content that informs but also gives hope to people. They also said that they are pleased to figure with Ted [Sarandos] and therefore the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help them share impactful content that unlocks action.
For Netflix, the deal is analogous to the one the corporate made with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2018. Bringing Harry and Meghan in the house not only allows the corporate to figure with two of the foremost famous names within the world but also continues to fill the content pipeline. That is very important as more services like Disney+ and Peacock come online to compete with Netflix for consumer’s time and money.
“We’re incredibly proud they need to be chosen Netflix as their creative home — and are excited about telling stories with them which will help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere,” Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and content chief for Netflix, said during a statement.