Netflix drops Meghan Markle's animated series Pearl

Netflix drops Meghan Markle's animated series Pearl

The streaming service said dropping it was "part of strategic decisions on production of animated series."
02 May, 2022

Streaming platform Netflix said on Sunday it had decided to stop work on Meghan Markle's family series Pearl as it reviewed animated content.

Dropping several projects, including Markle's, was part of strategic decisions on production of animated series, the company said in a statement, without providing further details on its decision.

Archewell Productions, the company formed by Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, said last year that she would be an executive producer of Pearl. The series was to be centred on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by influential women from history.

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.


Soniye Tu Auder Te La May 02, 2022 11:40am
Netflix has gone so left, it's basically imploded. Like Indian women dating white princes in Bridgerton? when the entire Indian region was nothing more than a slave of the English gentry. Their quest to become politically appropriate is the reason for their bust.
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NYS May 02, 2022 12:05pm
What nafarious action by Netflix the animated series is an informed choice _don't disheart choose another platform MM
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Gautham May 02, 2022 04:50pm
@Soniye : I agree it was weird to see British men of early 20th century dating Indian women in the TV series, it is a historical fact that many Indian kings got their children betrothed to British - for prestige and power. Netflix perhaps realized they have (or potentially have)more audience in India and among Indian diaspora so they changed a little bit. You don’t have to poke your own “slavery” needle and make yourself look like a pseudo nationalist.
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