Team Sussex gets STILL new hire: Prince Harry and Meghan enlist former Disney+ director to create nonfiction projects for their multimillion-dollar Netflix deal – months after hiring a Hollywood producer
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s company Archewell Productions has hired Chanel Pysnik, a LA graduate of Princeton, as the new head of Unscripted
- Pysnik most recently served as Director of International Content at Disney+, where she “oversaw the unscripted series and documentaries for non-US markets.”
- At Disney, she collaborated with David Beckham on his original series Save Our Squad – which has not yet been released
- Before landing her role at Disney, Pysnik – who studied sociology at Princeton – spent nearly six years at CNN, after moving there from The CW.
- The news of the company’s latest hire comes just two weeks after it was revealed that Meghan, 39, will executive produce an animated series for Netflix.
- The show, called Pearl, is fictional and therefore will not be part of Pysnik’s work, although Harry’s Invictus Games documentary could be.
- Harry, 36 and Meghan have yet to release any projects as part of their Netflix deal, which they signed in 2020 and is expected to be worth around $100 million
- In March, the Sussexes announced that they had hired
Meet the newest member of Team Sussex: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired former Disney+ executive Chanel Pysnik to lead non-fiction content for Archewell Productions
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have added yet another new addition to their growing roster of Archewell staff: a former Disney+ executive hired to oversee their production company’s unscripted projects for their incredibly lucrative partnership with Netflix.
The news of the couple’s new hire was revealed by Deadline on Friday – just two weeks after they confirmed their second project for Netflix, an animated series co-created with David Furnish, husband of Elton John, who will executive produce Meghan, 39.
It’s likely, though, that LA’s Princeton graduate Pysnik will have little to do with the animated show — which focuses on the adventures of a “12-year-old girl who finds inspiration in influential women” — instead focusing on on encouraging the few non-scripted and non-fiction projects.
This could well mean she will play a key role in the couple’s first Netflix project – Heart of Invictus, an Invictus Games documentary series starring Prince Harry, 36 – which was announced and under the purview in April this year. van Pysnik would fall as Head of Unscripted.
Helping hand: The news of Harry and Meghan’s latest hire comes just four months after signing Hollywood producer Ben Browning to lead their production company
According to Pysnik’s LinkedIn page, she most recently served as Director of International Content for Disney+, where she oversaw the streaming site’s “unscripted series and documentaries for non-US markets” for 17 months — before making the move to archwell.
Before landing the role at Disney, Pysnik spent nearly six years at CNN on the network’s original series, after moving there from The CW, where her focus was on “alternative programming.”
According to Deadline, Pysnik will work under one of Archewell Productions’ other new hires: Hollywood producer Ben Browning, who was brought on board in March this year to head the couple’s fledgling film and TV company.
On her LinkedIn page, Pysnik boasts that she has a “proven track record of developing creative strategies within global media companies” — something that will no doubt have greatly appealed to Meghan and Harry as they try to make a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Her personal bio adds: “[Chanel] is adept at premium unscripted development & production, brand growth, and both English and local language series & movies.
“Chanel has worked for top streaming, news and broadcast networks targeting US and international audiences around the world.”
In the ten months since announcing their deal with Netflix — rumored to have brought the pair up to $100 million — the Sussexes have announced just two projects for the streaming site, neither of which have yet to be released.
Progress has also been slow on their Spotify podcast; the pair have released just 35 minutes of content in the eight months since they signed their contract, which sources claimed was worth around $20 million.
As with their production company, the Sussexes enlisted a seasoned industry expert to try and boost the audio effort, hiring producer Rebecca Sanaes as Archewell Productions’ Head of Audio earlier this month.
Prior to her new role, Sanaes previously served as lead podcast producer for Pivot, New York Magazine and Vox Media’s show hosted by Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. August.