Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions is making good on their promise to bring family programing that “informs, elevates and inspires” to Netflix. The Duchess’s latest project? Developing an animated series about a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in the stories of influential women from history.
“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” said Markle said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”
The show, tentatively titled Pearl, has a powerhouse team behind it. Alongside Meghan, who will serve as executive producer, are Furnish (Mr. Elton John and one of the producers behind 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet), Carolyn Soper (Sherlock Gnomes, Tangled), and Emmy-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, What Happened, Miss Simone?), and Dan Cogan (Icarus, The Apollo).
“I am delighted that we are finally able to announce this exciting animated series,” Furnish added. “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages.”