Meghan Markle has said goodbye to her ‘dream team’ adviser Nick Collins after representing her for years, insiders claim.
Collins has been Markle’s agent from her years as an actress at Suits, staying with her even after vowing to quit show business when she got engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, and helping her plan ‘Megxit’.
But sources told DailyMail.com that the Duchess is no longer using Collins as her agent, after a massive $ 100 million Netflix deal, signing multi-million dollar podcasts with Spotify and other lucrative business ventures, they hired a new in-house team. .
Collins, a partner at Tinseltown’s leading deal makers The Gersh Agency, who represented the former Suits actress for years, remains a “ consultant. ”
There is no bad blood between the two, the sources said.
Meghan Markle has said goodbye to her longtime agent Nick Collins, who has been part of her “ dream team ” of advisers for years, DailyMail.com can reveal. Collins stays on as ‘consultant’
Collins has been Markle’s agent since her years as an actress with Suits and helped her plan ‘Megxit’. He stayed with her even after she vowed to quit show business when she got engaged to Prince Harry in 2017. Meghan is depicted on Suits
Collins was one of the few American guests at Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018, and was also referred to by insiders as an ‘important adviser and independent voice’ to the Sussexes when they planned to enter the UK. and their new careers in California.
A second source said that Collins and the Duchess are still friends, and that she has also kept her entertainment lawyer Rick Genow (pictured)
In January 2020, DailyMail.com revealed that Meghan had kept her agent after joining the Royal Family, causing controversy at the time for her earlier claims in a November 2017 BBC interview that she would no longer work in Hollywood.
But in recent months, Markle has built her own media, charity and production teams to support her non-profit Archewell, and business deals with media giants Netflix and Spotify.
‘It is actually a very strange development. Nick has been a loyal friend and confidant to Meghan and Harry over the years, ” a source from an LA talent agency told DailyMail.com.
His expertise and knowledge of Hollywood business matters and contact list is astounding.
While she did not accept job offers as an actress on paper, other vacancies and roles came in through Gersh.
And with the turmoil and swift exit from England and the necessary business plan, many believe he played a key role in helping the Sussexes get the ball rolling in the corporate world. He was part of the ‘6’Dream Team.’ ”
The source added that Meghan switched the role of Collins because she has no plans to take on any acting roles in the near future.
“Meghan insists she has no plans to act at this point, so he doesn’t have to negotiate deals,” the source said.
Make no mistake – acting and voiceover offers are pouring into the couple. But now they go to their production company and personal media team.
‘Certainly by dealing with opportunities in this way, the twenty percent commission that is usually charged by a broker is saved.’
The Duke of Sussex was unveiled on Tuesday as the chief impact officer at BetterUp with this corporate black and white photo of Harry released at the same time. Sources told DailyMail.com that the Duchess is no longer using Collins as her agent after lucrative business ventures allowed her to hire a new internal team
A second source said that Collins and the Duchess are still friends, and that she has also kept her entertainment attorney Rick Genow.
The agent joined Gersch Agency in 2005, became a partner in 2015 and promoted to Co-Head of Talent three years later.
His other clients include Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney, Emmy winners Courtney B. Vance and Eric McCormack, and This Is Us star Mandy Moore.
Since Meghan and Harry’s March move to Los Angeles, the pair have landed a $ 100 million Netflix deal as well as a multi-million dollar podcast, Archewell Audio, with Spotify.
The former royals unveiled their new foundation, Archewell, and Meghan has become a private investor in wellness brand Clevr Blends.
Harry has also increased their income by taking on two new roles: chief impact officer for mental health startup BetterUp and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, an organization created to address the problem of disinformation. and tackle fake news.
The couple has redeployed, promoted and expanded their staff to handle their ambitious new career in Southern California.
Former Bill Gates director Catherine St-Laurent (pictured) came on board as Archewell’s chief of staff – only to be recast in a different role that provides “ day-to-day guidance and support ” to the nonprofit. They also hired former Pinterest communications chief Christine Schirmer (right) to lead their PR team alongside Hollywood PR firm Sunshine Sachs.
The Duke and Duchess are expanding their in-house team and have hired former Pinterest communications chief Christine Schirmer to lead their PR team along with Hollywood’s Sunshine Sachs.
Former Bill Gates director Catherine St-Laurent also came on board as Archewell’s chief of staff – only to be recast in another role that provides “ day-to-day guidance and support ” to the nonprofit.
Another recent staff change is for James Holt, currently Sussexes’ media relations chief in the UK, who will reportedly be promoted to Executive Director of the Archewell Foundation.
In recent days, the pair also hired Ben Browning, a producer on Emerald Fennell’s Oscar-nominated film Promising Young Woman, as Head of Content for their production company and led the company’s other two divisions: Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio.
Toya Holness, their California media relations spokeswoman, has been elevated to the role of Archewell’s “global press secretary.”