Step aside, “the crown.” New royal content is on its way to Netflix.
The broadcast giant announced Tuesday that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have produced their first project on Netflix: a documentary series that tracks a number of athletes as they train for the Invictus 2022 Games.
Developed by Archewell Productions in Sussexes in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, “Heart of Invictus” will explore the personal lives of his superstar rivals, and all service personnel who have suffered various injuries and illnesses.
“Since the first Invictus games in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination and determination,” said Harry, who also acts as a private sponsor for Invictus Games.
The series will give communities around the world a window into the touching and upscale stories of these competitors on their way to the Netherlands next year. … I couldn’t be more excited about the next journey or more proud of the Invictus community for our ongoing inspiration for global healing, human potential, and ongoing service. “
Directed and produced, respectively, by Oscar winners Orlando von Ensidel and Joanna Natasgara, Heart of Invictus will also spotlight the organizers of the upcoming Invictus Games, which have been postponed from 2020 to 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The World Championships will be held in The Hague, Netherlands.
“Sussexes and Archewell Productions are adopting an ambitious list that reflects the values and causes they hold dear,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, said in a statement.
“From the moment I met them, it was evident that Invictus Games held a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series on Netflix would expose this to the world in a way it has never seen before.”
The Netflix announcement comes several months after the Duke and Duchess struck a massive deal with the live streaming service to produce text series, documentaries, documentaries, features, and children’s programs – one of the couple’s first major business moves since they stepped back from their role as senior members of the British royal family. Family and moving to California.
No stranger to TV, former actress Meghan Markle starred in USA Network’s legal drama “Suits” and recently restarted her entertainment career by narrating a documentary about nature for a rival Netflix platform, Disney +. Other Archewell projects in the Netflix pipeline include a documentary series on nature and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women.
If their last interview with Oprah Winfrey is any indication, then Harry and Meghan’s recent endeavor on the small screen should attract much fanfare. The TV event – during which the Sussex family accused the royal family of raising “concerns” about their unborn baby’s skin color and refusing to help Megan when she was suffering from suicidal thoughts – drew more than 17 million viewers last month on CBS.
“Our lives, independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” the Duke and Duchess told The Times last year when signing with Netflix. .
“By working with diverse societies and their environments, to highlight people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that conveys information but also gives hope.”
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