Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially started their new careers in Hollywood on Wednesday and signed an agreement with Netflix to produce “influential” movies and TV series for the streaming giant.
The couple resigned from the British royal family this year and moved to California. They are currently developing multiple projects, although the former suit star Markle has no plans to return to the show business.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement to Agence France-Presse: “By working with diverse communities and their environments to shine to people and businesses around the world, our focus will be on creating both Useful and hopeful content.”.
“As new parents, it’s also important for us to have inspiring family shows, as is powerful storytelling through real and relevant perspectives.”
The couple said that the first projects include nature documentary series and animated series with the theme of inspiring women, and their purpose is to “share influential content so that action can be unlocked.”
No financial terms were disclosed, but the deal is reported to be multi-year and exclusive to Netflix.
The two recently moved to a new family home in the affluent Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara). They were previously seen in a place near Los Angeles. They were involved in a photo shoot with the paparazzi about their son Archie. Legal struggle.
Their new neighbors include powerful figures in the entertainment industry such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
For a long time, there have been rumors of the couple’s ambitions in Hollywood production, and it has been reported that they have held meetings with Disney, Apple and NBCUniversal in recent weeks.
Harry recently appeared in the Paralympic documentary “Rising Phoenix”, and Markle told Disney about a wildlife documentary.
The specific details of other projects have not yet been announced, but it is expected that the couple will produce scripted episodes and feature films and children’s shows.
Markle and Harry stated in California that they were eager to “do something meaningful and important,” where they formed a wide-ranging non-profit organization called Archewell.
Their Netflix project is expected to focus on the same issues as Archewell.
The couple worked with a charity to distribute meals to chronically ill patients in Los Angeles. Markle, whose mother is black, delivered a speech in June after the death of the armed and helpless African American George Floyd.
This deal is a coup for Netflix, which is the world’s largest streaming media platform with more than 190 million subscribers, but because traditional studios have launched their own rival platforms, it has lost key content.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, said: “The authenticity, optimism and leadership of Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people around the world. .”
“We are very proud of their choice of Netflix as the home of creativity, and we are happy to tell them stories to help them increase their adaptability and enhance the understanding of audiences everywhere.”
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