Taking it a step further to help bring meaningful change to communities, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially launched their new Hollywood careers this week, signing a deal with Netflix to produce “impactful” films and series. The couple, who quit the British royal family and moved to California this year, already have multiple projects in development. Markle, star of Suits, has no plans to return to acting.
“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,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement to AFP. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”
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Sharing an outtake from filming last week for @Queens_CommonWealth_Trust (QCT) as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with young leaders in their roles as President and Vice President. Visit our stories to see the QCT highlights from the discussion with these inspiring individuals and find out more about the amazing work they do at @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust • Photo The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton / Crossfire for QCT
A nature documentary series and an animated series focused on inspiring women are among the first projects, which the couple said aim to “share impactful content that unlocks action.” No financial terms were disclosed, but the deal is reported to be multi-year and exclusive to Netflix.
The pair recently moved into a new family home in affluent Santa Barbara, after a stint in nearby Los Angeles saw them become embroiled in a legal battle with paparazzi over photos taken of their son Archie. Their new neighbors include powerful entertainment industry figures including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
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50 years ago, women in Britain won the right to equal pay. That monumental moment began with one courageous and inspiring group of women in a factory in Dagenham, England. In 1968, facing a pay settlement that declared them less skilled than men, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company walked out on strike. In the face of great pressure, they stood firm, and two years later the UK Parliament was forced to pass the Equal Pay Act, protecting and supporting working women ever since. To mark International Women’s Day, The Duchess of Sussex visited Dagenham to meet with Geraldine Dear, one of the strikers, and spend time with students at the Robert Clack Upper School to meet the town’s next generation of female role models, and talk to young women and men about the women who inspire them. • “Being in Dagenham is incredibly profound. Because as you can see with Geraldine and the other women who had the strength to really stand up for something that they knew needed to be done. This is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right.” – The Duchess of Sussex A lifetime advocate and campaigner for gender equity, The Duchess joined a special assembly to celebrate this remarkable local story, as well as recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women around the world. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020 #EachForEqual Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
The couple’s ambitions to produce in Hollywood had long been rumored, with reports of meetings taking place in recent weeks with Disney, Apple and NBCUniversal. Harry recently appeared in Paralympics documentary film Rising Phoenix, while Markle narrated a wildlife documentary for Disney. Specific details of other projects have not yet been released, but the couple is expected to produce scripted series and feature films as well as children’s programming.
Markle and Harry have spoken of their desire “to do something of meaning, to do something that matters,” in California, where they are launching a wide-ranging non-profit organization named Archewell. Their Netflix project is expected to focus on the same issues as Archewell.
The couple have worked with a charity to hand out meals to chronically ill people in Los Angeles. Markle, whose mother is black, spoke out in June after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American killed in police custody.
The deal is a coup for Netflix, which is the world’s largest streaming platform with more than 190 million subscribers, but has lost key content as traditional studios launched their own rival platforms. “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Chief Content Officer. “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.”
Source: AFP Relax News