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Netflix develops kids toon with Meghan

Netflix is working with Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, on an animated series about a young girl inspired by influential women from history.

Amanda Rynda

Pearl (working title) is being developed by the global streamer with Archewell Productions, the production company set up by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year.

Featuring inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world and aimed at families, the series will follow the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history.

The Duchess of Sussex created the show and will serve as an executive producer alongside David Furnish (Rocketman), Carolyn Soper (Sherlock Gnomes) and Story Syndicate co-founders Liz Garbus (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark) and Dan Cogan (Icarus).

Amanda Rynda (DC Super Hero Girls) will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

The show is the first animated series from Archewell Productions and comes after the company struck a creative partnership with Netflix last year.

Archewell announced its first Netflix project earlier this year, the docuseries Heart of Invictus, produced in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation.

“An exciting tale that weaves together fantasy and history, Pearl focuses on a young girl who learns to step into her own power when she embarks on a heroic adventure and meets important women from history along the way,” said Megan Casey, director of original animation at Netflix.

“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 the Duchess, co-founder of Archewell Productions.

Soper said: “Animation is the perfect medium to bring this fun, heartfelt and inspiring story to life. Pearl is a character in which everyone will recognise a piece of themselves while absolutely rooting for her as she discovers so much about the world, both past and present, and how she fits into it.”

Garbus added: “I have always been drawn to stories of strong women overcoming challenges and realising their power. The idea of doing this in the context of a children’s series, one that is both entertaining and enlightening, with the strong woman Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at its heart is thrilling.”


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