Meghan Markle searches for help to produce Netflix show Pearl after Spotify takes £18m podcast 'into their own hands'

Meghan Markle searches for help to produce Netflix show Pearl after Spotify takes £18m podcast 'into their own hands'

January 27, 2022

MEGHAN Markle is searching for someone to help produce her Netflix show Pearl – at the same time as Spotify bosses take her £18million podcast "into their own hands".

Spotify is hiring a host of in-house producers to finally help deliver content after waiting more than a year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to produce material for their mega-money deal.

It seems Netflix is taking similar action, with the company's LinkedIn searching for a Los-Angeles based Production Designer for Meghan's forthcoming project, Pearl.

The show is described as a "family series" that centres on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by a variety of influential women.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who is also an executive producer, announced the project via Archewell Productions last summer, although they have not yet confirmed when it will be released.

Reaching out for help online, its job ad reads: "The Production Designer will help to develop, create, and support the aesthetic vision of our Executive Producer Team, working closely with the Show Runner to design multiple worlds representing various time periods throughout history."

It adds an "accomplished artist" with three to five years of CG animation production experience is desired.

The ideal candidate will need to be someone who can "collaborate with grace, humility, inclusion and open-mindedness".

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And they will need to design "multiple worlds representing various time periods throughout history" for the show.

Meghan and Harry are due to work alongside Elton John's husband David Furnish, Carolyn Soper, and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus, Amanda Rynda and Dan Cogan, for the show.

But if the wait is anything like the wait for Spotify content, Netflix fans could be waiting a while.

Spotify said it was looking forward to a "full-scale" launch of shows in 2021 – but nothing appeared.

Now, bosses at the streaming platform are stepping in to help Harry and Meghan deliver the goods.

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They are recruiting new in-house staff to work with Harry and Meghan's Archewell Audio for a show that features "the voices of high profile women."

And the jobs are being offered to applicants on short six-month contracts based in Los Angeles.

One advert for a senior producer role at Gimlet Projects, Spotify's own production arm, reads: "We’re currently assembling a show team that will build and launch a new original show with Archewell featuring the voices of high profile women.

"The ideal candidate has experience working with high-profile talent, and an interest in the intersection of social activism and popular culture."

It comes as fans question when Harry and Meghan's so-called "full-scale launch" of Spotify episodes would be coming.

Harry and Meghan's only podcast effort so far has been a 35-minute 'holiday special' in December 2020, featuring celebrity pals such as Elton John and James Corden.

But despite the lack of content, one expert, who spent a year working with Harry for an authorised biography, says she believes the couple may even be planning a talk show.

Angela Levin said last week: "This all seems to be a big turnaround from their philanthropic and non-profit work to just pure entertainment.

"It suggests they want to earn loads more money."

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