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Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings reveals 'smart' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'shopped' themselves 'around all major companies' before signing their lucrative deal - and predicts they will produce the site's 'most viewed content' next year

Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings has revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent time 'shopping' themselves around to 'all the major companies' before inking a deal with the streaming site - which is said to be worth a whopping $100 million. 
The 59-year-old, who is also the co-CEO of the streaming company, praised the 'smart' couple for considering all their options before signing a contract with his site, explaining that he believes they ultimately did a deal with Netflix because 'we put together the best complete package'. 
'I'm so excited about that deal,' Hastings said during an appearance on CNBC on Wednesday. 'They're smart, they were shopping it around across all the major companies and I think we really put together the best complete package.'
Doing a deal: Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings has revealed that 'smart' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'shopped' themselves to all 'major companies' before signing a deal with his site
Doing a deal: Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings has revealed that 'smart' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'shopped' themselves to all 'major companies' before signing a deal with his site
Goals: Hastings, 59, predicted that the content created by Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, will be some of the 'most exciting, most viewed' on Netflix next year
Goals: Hastings, 59, predicted that the content created by Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, will be some of the 'most exciting, most viewed' on Netflix next year 
The billionaire businessman did not reveal which other companies the couple was in talks with, however Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, both have pre-existing relationships with other major entertainment giants, including Apple and Disney. 
Indeed, the Duchess of Sussex's first job after she and Harry quit the royal family was as a narrator for the Disney+ documentary Elephants, which was released in April, while her husband revealed last year that he had partnered with Oprah Winfrey on a mental health project for Apple TV+.  
However in August, Prince Harry made his debut on Netflix, appearing in Rising Phoenix, a documentary about the Paralympic Games that premiered on August 26. It is unclear whether he and Meghan had completed their deal with the streaming site when he took part in the film, or whether it was part of their incredibly lucrative contract. 
While Hastings would not share any other information about the specifics of the deal - including how much Harry and Meghan received - he did tell CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin that he believes their content will be among 'the most exciting' and 'most viewed' on the site next year. 
'It's going to be epic entertainment,' he said, explaining: 'We're going to do a wide range of entertainment with them. I can't tell you anymore than that about it at this point, but I think it will be some of the most exciting, most viewed content next year.'
Hastings did address rumors about whether former Suits star Meghan is planning to return to acting and make an appearance in the shows that she and Harry produce, insisting that the couple are entirely focused on 'being producers' rather than on-screen talent. 
'The real focus for them is on being producers and on building that production capacity,' he insisted, while also noting that, despite their limited experience as producers, the couple has 'developed a great eye for stories'. 
In a previous interview, Hastings' co-CEO Ted Sarandos, spoke of the duo's 'pride' that Meghan and Harry had ultimately decided to sign a deal with their site, saying: 'We're incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.' 

'Epic': The billionaire businessman shared his 'excitement' over the deal - noting that he believes the couple signed with Netflix because 'we put together the best complete package'
'Epic': The billionaire businessman shared his 'excitement' over the deal - noting that he believes the couple signed with Netflix because 'we put together the best complete package'
Talented: Hastings revealed that, despite their limited production experience, the couple 'has developed a great eye for stories'
Talented: Hastings revealed that, despite their limited production experience, the couple 'has developed a great eye for stories'
Moving on: The Netflix co-founder said that Meghan (pictured in Suits) has no plans to return to acting and appear in any of the content she and Harry will product
Moving on: The Netflix co-founder said that Meghan (pictured in Suits) has no plans to return to acting and appear in any of the content she and Harry will product 
Harry and Meghan's deal with Netflix was first revealed on Monday, when the New York Times reported that they have founded an as-yet-unnamed production company through which they will create a wide range of programming for the site, including children's shows, documentaries, feature films, and scripted series. 
Although Hastings would not offer any details about the value of the deal, industry insiders told Deadline that the Duke and Duchess could have earned up to $150 million from the contract, which has been compared to a similar deal signed by the Obamas after they left the White House.
In a statement, the Sussexes said: 'Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.' 
They added that Netflix's 'unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.' 
While Meghan and Harry may well have 'shopped' themselves around to various media companies, Netflix has always had its eye on the prize as far as this deal is concerned, with co-founder Sarandos revealing at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January that the site would be incredibly interested in working with the Sussexes.  
'Who wouldn't be interested? Yes, sure,' she said when asked about a potential future deal. 
The decision to work with Netflix is also a move reminiscent of former President Barack Obama and his lawyer wife Michelle.
In January, sources confirmed the couple had discussed their plans with the Obamas and wanted to mimic the way they had managed to build a successful, but dignified, life for themselves after the White House.
Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have earned a small fortune by selling rights to their autobiographies and setting up their own production company, which has bagged a lucrative deal with Netflix.
A source said: 'They have found huge commercial success without actually looking like they are getting their hands dirty, to put it bluntly, and retaining their popularity.
'In fact it is fair to say that their star has soared since leaving the White House, particularly Michelle's, and this is something Meghan admires very, very much.'
After stepping down as senior royals, Meghan and Harry signed with New York-based Harry Walker Agency in June, which represents the Obamas and the Clintons.
Meghan has made several appearances as a speaker at various online summits, however it is understood that she did not receive payment for these engagements.

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