EXCLUSIVE: Even Netflix’s in-house royals aren’t immune to an ongoing wave of cuts as the streamer recalibrates after a precipitous drop in inventory suffered following a drop in subscriber numbers. Netflix quietly dropped out Pearl, the working title of an animated series created by Meghan Markle through Archewell Productions, the shingle that the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry installed on Netflix in the fall of 2020 to create scripted series, docuseries, documentaries , feature films and children’s programs. pearl was to be Archewell’s first animated series.
Pearl, that Markle exec produced with David Furnish, was announced to much fanfare last summer, described as a family series centered on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in a variety 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 tries to overcome life’s daily challenges. I am delighted that Archewell Productions, in partnership with the powerful platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, brings you together this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been looking forward to spotlighting this special series, and I’m thrilled that we can announce it today.
It should be noted that the project was still in the development stage, and streamer insiders said there remained optimism over the Archewell deal with a number of projects percolating, including the upcoming documentary series. Heart of Invictus. And Markle has spent enough time in Hollywood as an actress to have heard the word “no” in the past.
Netflix scratched two other animated children’s series last week that were in production – Dino Daycare from Ada Twist, scientist executive producer Chris Nee and the South Asian-inspired adventure Benefits and curses.
Word in town is that even before recent events, Netflix told producers to take certain development projects elsewhere, after those producers were told they were priorities. Clearly, Netflix’s excessively high content spending is being reassessed. Many felt that Netflix’s “movie a week” mantra was an excess, for example. While Netflix has felt the pressure to generate Originals to bolster its library as studios cut licensing of titles as they launch their own rival streaming services, there are reasons why generating so much content hasn’t. never been done before. It is simply 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 are actually a virtue for a mature streaming service.