| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Netflix drops Meghan Markle’s animated series ‘Pearl’

Netflix Inc announced on Sunday that it had opted to stop production on Meghan Markle’s family series “Pearl” as it assessed animation material.

The business said in a statement that it dropped various projects, including Markle’s, as part of strategic decisions on animated series production. It did not provide further specifics on its decision.

Last year, Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, announced that she will be an executive producer on “Pearl” through Archewell Productions. The show was supposed to follow the exploits of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by historical figures.

The couple is formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Archewell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Netflix also decided not to move forward with the two animated children’s series “Dino Daycare” and “Boons and Curses.”

The decision to cancel these shows comes after Netflix reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter, falling well short of its forecast of adding 2.5 million.

Last year, Netflix extended a deal for animation films with Comcast subsidiary Universal Pictures, a move that was expected to help Netflix hold on to child viewers.

Netflix said on Sunday it would continue to work on projects with Archewell, including the previously announced documentary series “Heart of Invictus”. This will focus on athletes competing in the Invictus Games for injured veterans in The Hague in 2022.

Netflix did not respond to a query on whether it would cut more animated shows.

  • Reuters