Meghan's appearance with the Netflix CEO bodes well for her and Harry's future with the streaming service, even as it highlights the former TV star's silence on the strikes by Hollywood actors and writers.
Much of the attention that Meghan Markle garnered over the weekend for her â€œtriumphantâ€ return to the spotlight at two of Beyonceâ€™s Renaissance performances in Los Angeles focused on her being photographed dancing next to her glum-looking husband Prince Harry, but also mingling with a roster of A-listers, including Tyler Perry, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington and assorted members of the Kardashian family. Less attention was paid to a potentially more significant connection Meghan enjoyed at Monday nightâ€™s performance. According to photos published the Duchess of Sussex was photographed seated next to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, which raises a host of questions and speculation about her status in Hollywood and where her loyalties lie. On one hand, Sarandos is overseeing her and Harryâ€™s $100 million deal to produce content for the Los Gatos-based streaming service, which will allow them to establish themselves as media moguls. So, it makes sense that Meghan would want to socialize with such a powerful colleague. Among other things, her appearance with Sarandos bodes well for her and Harryâ€™s future with Netflix, after they were spectacularly dumped by Spotify earlier in the summer and labeled â€œgriftersâ€ for their failure to produce more than a handful of podcast episodes. Given that Meghan also sat in the same row as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his fiancÃ©e Lauren Sanchez, and Kris Jenner, her fans proclaimed that the Los Angeles-born duchess had joined â€œbillionaireâ€™s row.â€ Meghan Markle in the same row as CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos and Executive Chairman of Amazon, Jeff Bezos at â€” TV FanaticðŸ‘‘âšœï¸ (@TvKhaleesi) On the other hand, Sarandos has emerged as one of the â€œvillainsâ€ in the historic and increasingly painful and costly Hollywood strikes, which involve SAG-AFTRA â€” the union for TV and film actors. During her bombshell 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former TV star famously declared she was a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and the union voiced public support for her. The one-time star of â€œSuitsâ€ told Winfrey that she badly missed her membership in the union when she joined the British royal family and desperately sought help with her mental health struggles. Meghan said she told the HR department at Buckingham Palace, â€œBecause in my old job, there was a union, and they would protect me.â€ Mid-interview, the union voiced its support for the bereft Duchess of Sussexes by tweeting: â€œWe are still here for you, Meghan. Everyone deserves the protection of a union.â€ We are still here for you, Meghan. Everyone deserves the protection of a union. â€” SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) Two years later later, Meghan has not indicated that sheâ€™s there for SAG-AFTRA and its rank-and-file members. that she has been silent since SAG-AFTRA joined the writers union in striking for a fair share of the billions that Netflix and other major Hollywood studios earn from streaming. Meanwhile, Puck founder Matthew Belloni and escribed Sarandos and Netflix as one of the top â€œvillainsâ€ in the strike, which has essentially shut down much of TV and film production in Hollywood. Along with Warner Bros Discovery boss David Zaslav and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who notoriously called actors and writers demands Sarandos is seen as one of the greedy Hollywood honchos who are making a fortune while hard-working actors and writers struggle to make ends meet in the age of streaming. Since SAG-AFTRA began striking, two demonstrations have taken place . Hollywood stars also have lashed out at the company, including in the days leading up to Meghanâ€™s appearance with Sarandos. At the Venice Film Festival last week, Adam Driver asked why Netflix, Amazon and other multbillion-dollar studios canâ€™t find a way to meet the demands of artists â€” but smaller studios can. Driver, who was nominated for best actor for Netflixâ€™s â€œMarriage Story,â€ to promote the Michael Mann film â€œFerrari,â€ which wasnâ€™t produced by one of the studios that are the targets of the strike. Aaron Paul also hit out at Netflix after walking the picket line last week with his â€œBreaking Badâ€ co-stars Bryan Cranston and Jesse Plemons, As â€œBreaking Badâ€ streams on Netflix, Paul said he is not earning any residuals. One of the chief complaints by striking actors and writers is that they have been cut out of earning residuals when their TV shows or films play on Netflix or other streaming services. â€œI think a lot of these streamers, they know they have been getting away with not paying people just fair wage and now itâ€™s time to pony up, and thatâ€™s just one of the things weâ€™re fighting for,â€ Paul said. Like â€œBreaking Bad,â€ Meghanâ€™s legal drama â€œSuits,â€ which originally aired on the USA cable network from 2011 to 2019, has enjoyed a new life on Netflix and has been one of its top trending shows over the summer. Itâ€™s not likely though that the Duchess of Sussex will complain if sheâ€™s not earning residuals, Read more