My favorite parts of any Olympic Games or Special Olympics programming are the personal-story packages the network will put together. For the Olympic Games, NBC spends a lot of money on those ten-minute or twenty-minute packages where we get to hear the athlete’s personal story, we get to see their families and how they train and what makes them tick. ESPN does a lot of those packages for pro athletes too, and I always marvel at how well-produced they are. Well, now imagine that kind of programming in a streamable show on Netflix! That’s exactly what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will do. Their first announcement for their Netflix production company is a behind-the-scenes docu-series about Invictus Games athletes and their training and what makes them tick. I will eat this up.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have secured their first Netflix greenlight – a documentary about the Invictus games. The pair’s Archewell Productions is making Heart of Invictus, directed by The White Helmets director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara.
Prince Harry has been instrumental in the launch of the Invictus Games, which kicked off in 2014 and was inspired by the Warrior Games attended by a number of injured officers.
It will follow a group of competitors, from around the globe, all service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses on their road to the Invictus Games The Hague, which will take place in 2022. The multi-episode series will join the competitors as they train, and along the way reveal stories of resilience and hope. The series will also follow the organizers as they work to prepare for the Games, postponed until next Spring, and as they partner with each nation’s team to support their competitors over the coming year.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex will appear on camera and serve as Executive Producer on the series alongside The Invictus Games Foundation, which he is the patron of.
“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year. As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service,” said Prince Harry.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell Productions team are building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear. From the moment I met them, it’s been clear that the Invictus Games hold a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series for Netflix will showcase that for the world in a way never seen before,” added Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
Harry was more than “instrumental” in the launch of Invictus, he founded the Invictus Games and it was his baby from start to finish. He built Invictus after seeing the Warrior Games in America, and he went back to England and began piecing together how the Warrior Games could be done as a multi-nation athletic competition. As for the show… it will be everything Harry loves, the recognition of veterans, showcasing their personal stories and the injuries they sustained and overcome, and the inspiration they draw from training for the Invictus Games. LOVE IT!!
Prince Harry has been a champion of the Invictus Games since its inception so it’s fitting that Archewell’s first Netflix series will spotlight and celebrate the competition’s amazing athletes.
Heart of Invictus will follow the competitors as they prepare for 2022’s games. pic.twitter.com/yM7t2qdBsw
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