The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are officially coming to Netflix.
As reported by both the New York Times and Variety earlier today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have established their own, still unnamed production company and have signed a multi-year deal with the streaming service. The couple will develop feature films, scripted TV, children’s series and documentaries.
“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,” the Sussexes said in a joint 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 the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
Netflix also confirmed the news. “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 the streaming service. “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.”
According to Variety, Meghan and Harry will work on stories about issues they care about, and several projects are already in the works – including an animated series about inspirational women and a nature docuseries. A source who is reportedly familiar with the deal also told the outlet that the pair are committed to showcasing diverse voices both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
And if you’re wondering if the new deal means Meghan may return to acing, think again. The New York Times adds that while the Duchess may appear in some of the documentaries they work on (reminder: She recently narrated a doc about elephants for Disney Plus), there are currently no plans for the former actress to return to scripted work.
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