EXCLUSIVE: Even Netflix’s internal members of the royal family are not immune to a wave of cuts taking place while the streamer recalibrates following a sharp drop in stock following a drop in subscriber numbers. Netflix has quietly fallen Pearl, the working title of an animated series created by Meghan Markle through Archewell Productions, the shingles that the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry created on Netflix in the fall of 2020 to create screenplay series, documentaries, documentaries, features and children’s programs. Pearl was to be Archewell’s first animated series.
Pearl, like Markle exec produced by David Furnish, was announced with fanfare last summer, described as a family series centered on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in a number of influential women throughout history. At the time, Markle said, “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she strives to overcome life’s daily challenges. I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, in partnership with Netflix’s Powerhouse Platform and these incredible producers, together will bring you this new animated series that pays tribute to extraordinary women throughout history.David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light and I’m glad we’re able to announce it Today.”
It is worth noting that the project was still in the development stage, and insiders at the streamer said that there is still bullishness on the Archewell agreement with a number of projects intruding, including the upcoming documentary series The heart of Invictus. And Markle has spent enough time in Hollywood as an actress to have heard the word “no” before.
Netflix scratched two other children’s animated series last week that were in production – Dino Day Care from Ada Twist, scientist executive producer Chris Nee, and the South Asian-inspired adventure Blessings and curses.
Word in the city is that even before the recent events, Netflix had asked the producers to take some development projects elsewhere, after these producers had been given an indication that they were priorities. Clearly, Netflix’s abnormally high content consumption is being reassessed. Many have felt that the Netflix mantra “movie of the week”, for example, was an assault. Although Netflix felt pressured to generate originals to strengthen its library as the studios cut back on license titles when they launched their own rival streaming services, there is reason why never before has so much content been made. It’s just unreasonable to expect its leaders to manage so many projects and that enough of them turn out to be memorable. Expect the Netflix model to evolve; quality control and selectivity is actually a virtue for a mature streaming service.