Just days after Meghan Markle’s animated series was abruptly dropped by Netflix, the determined royal’s new strategy has been revealed.
Determined Meghan Markle is reportedly trying to find a new TV home for her animated series, which Netflix dropped earlier this month.
pearlwhich had been the working title of the Duchess of Sussex show, was officially canceled by the streaming giant in a series of cuts.
But LA insiders said The sun that Meghan, 40, and her team at production company Archewell don’t see the Netflix dump as the end of the road.
Meghan and executive producer David Furnish are “reviewing the project to see where it might find a home”, sources say.
They will pitch the concept for the series to other TV networks and streamers, including Apple and Amazon.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s contract with Netflix allows the couple to sell any products the streaming platform refuses.
A source said The sun: “Meghan and Harry will not give up bringing Pearl to the screen.
“They’re determined not to let go of all the creative work and effort that went into the idea.
“Netflix has a standard deal with them, typical in Hollywood, allowing them to show projects rejected by them at other outlets. This is standard practice in Hollywood television circles.
“Apple and Harry already have a bond after he appeared in a mental health series. Disney, whose Plus streaming service is huge, also has a relationship with Markle after she voiced a wildlife documentary.
“Amazon has a big budget and major players like NBC Universal and HBO would be interested in sitting in front of the Sussexes. You can’t underestimate their interest in Hollywood and the city’s producers.
Furnish also has ties to numerous film studios and television networks.
A source added, “After the decommissioning, the team is reviewing the concept of the show again, seeing what could be changed.
“There was a huge sense of excitement about pearl and the hope that his journey is not over.
“They are not abandoning this project because Netflix said no. David is a respected producer with an enviable contact book.
“Obviously, like all these types of projects, the commissioning network has its input and desires for what it wants to see. So there’s usually a lot of negotiation and discussion in the commissioning process.
“No one can expect to show up, say this is what it is and then get money. It does not work like that. This has never been the case.
“So it’s always a delicate balancing act to get your project done, while often bowing to the network. This can be difficult for some creatives, who hate to stray from their vision.
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“Obviously Netflix content is the priority, but over the next few weeks pearl will be reviewed.
“And only time will tell if Meghan and a broadcaster can come to an agreement.”
pearl follows the adventures of a young girl who has found inspiration in influential women throughout history.
The cartoon was announced last summer, with Meghan saying at the time: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. .”
Meghan and Harry had established Archewell Productions at Netflix in the fall of 2020 to create original documentaries and children’s shows, with pearl to be their first animated series.
Last week, all references to pearl have been removed from its Archewell website.
And a few days later, a source said The sun how Meghan and Harry’s deal with Netflix was in jeopardy because they were showing ‘boring shows’.
Netflix bosses would also be bored giving their best interviews to other broadcasters.
The sun contacted representatives for Meghan for comment.
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