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Month: July 2021

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Archewell Productions Taps Chanel Pysnik As Head Of Unscripted

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Former Disney+ exec Chanel Pysnik has joined Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell Productions as Head of Unscripted. Reporting to Ben Browning, Archewell’s Head of Content, Pysnik will oversee nonfiction series and documentary film productions, working closely with Netflix, where the company is under a deal. Pysnik, who started in May, joins a growing production team at Archewell, which also includes Bennett Levine, who joined the company as Coordinator in the spring.

Archewell Productions was founded by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2020 to produce programming that uplifts and entertains audiences by embracing a shared humanity and building community through similar experiences, powerful narratives, and universal values. Archewell Productions’ first two announced projects with Netflix are Heart of Invictus, a docu-series executive produced by Prince Harry in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, and Pearl (working title), an animated adventure series executive produced by Markle.

Pysnik most recently served as Director of International Content for Disney+. There, she helped launch the platform internationally and oversaw its unscripted series and documentaries in all non-U.S. markets. Previously, Pysnik was at CNN for six years leading development for CNN and HLN Original Series. Projects she worked on included Disney+’s David Beckham-led series Save Our Squad and CNN’s American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Story of Late Night, and Lincoln: Divided We Stand.

Meghan Markle’s First Book Sits in the Library of Congress The Duchess of Sussex wrote the book, titled A Face Without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars, when she was in eighth grade.

Meghan Markle’s First Book Sits in the Library of Congress
The Duchess of Sussex wrote the book, titled A Face Without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars, when she was in eighth grade.

Earlier this month, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, published what many royal-watchers believed to be her first book, The Bench, a children’s book inspired by Prince Harry and baby Archie. The book became a New York Times bestseller just a week after publication. However, few have encountered Meghan’s earlier work, A Face without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars, which the future Duchess wrote when she was in eighth grade.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden recently posted a message on Twitter about the Duchess’s first book, which a young Meghan submitted to the US Copyright Office in 1996. According to Hayden, in the book, Meghan “extols the wonder of freckles with drawings and verse.”

A passage from the book reads: “Some people think freckles are strange, While I happen to disagree, Because if I didn’t have my freckles, Then I would not truly be me!!!”

Carla’s Hayden tweet read;
“Did you know Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wrote a book in 8th grade titled, A Face without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars. She extols the wonder of freckles with drawings and verse. Meghan submitted it to the Copyright Office in 1996. ”

The words are also accompanied by a sweet drawing of what appears to be Meghan, freckles and all.

A Face without Freckles… Is a Night Without Stars also included an “About the Author” page, featuring a photo of Meghan in eighth grade and a little description about her life as a Los Angeles teenager.

“Meghan Markle currently attends Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California and enjoys watching television, spending time with her friends, and participating in musical comedies,” the future Duchess wrote, foreshadowing her acting career.

“Meghan wrote this book in the eighth grade as a school project, and now wishes to continue writing throughout high school,” she wrote. “She wants to take a moment to thank her ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy’ who gratefully spent their time and effort supporting her.”

This book is not such a far cry from The Bench, where Meghan also uses rhymes and illustrations to tell a story. The Bench began as a poem the Duchess wrote for Prince Harry for Father’s Day and eventually turned into a children’s book, about the bond between fathers and sons.

The Duchess wrote, years after her original rhyming work, “This is your bench Where you’ll witness great joy. From here you will rest See the growth of our boy.”

Prince Harry provided helpful insights and tips for BetterUp’s expansion into the UK and Europe

When Prince Harry’s role as BetterUp’s Chief Impact Officer was announced they said his responsibilities would include “expanding BetterUp’s global community of thought leadership, coaches, customers, and members.” Now less than 6 months later they’re opening UK and Munich offices.

BetterUp, a virtual coaching platform that promises to democratise professional coaching across an entire business enterprise, is heading for Europe as it announced an expansion into London and Munich. The firm, which was co-founded by Alexi Robichaux in 2013 and where Prince Harry is the Chief Impact Officer, has gone from strength-to-strength this year.

The European investment follows a year of rising demand for the firms services: UK membership has grown by 210 per cent year-on-year, while revenue has also doubled, reaching $100m in annual recurring revenue. In addition to an impressive expansion in the UK, the company also expanded its entire customer base by 80 per cent, which follows its February valuation of $1.73b.

The demand follows a pattern of increased demand amongst firms for well-being services for their employees as the stresses of the pandemic and working from home persist. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggested that AI-enabled coaching was able to improve psychological well-being while also mitigating the risks of mental health.

BetterUp has said that following the full reopening of the economy in England on 19 July, it is well poised to invest significantly and support the country’s economic recovery. It is expected that its European headcount reaches 150 by the end of the year.

Alexi Robichaux, CEO and co-founder of BetterUp, said: “This is the beginning of the next chapter of growth for BetterUp, and it comes at a time when the UK is on the threshold of significant change in how businesses engage with their vast talent base, following a year of turmoil. Although we have had an international presence since 2013, we are committing to a new level of investment in our customers, coaches and communities by establishing these two new offices in London and Munich.

Robichaux also told the Times of London that “demand is pulling us into these markets,” and Prince Harry “provided some helpful insights and tips” when it came to BetterUp’s UK expansion. The Times also said that BP (British Petroleum) has signed up for BetterUp’s services for their employees.

Sounds like some of BetterUp’s philanthropic partnerships will be announced later this year. Looking forward to seeing more of prince Harry’s direct impact in the role.

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