Live to Lead

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Live to Lead
Live to Lead docuseries.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreDocumentary series
Directed byGeoff Blackwell
Presented by
Music byMike Fiore
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes7
Executive producers
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
  • Ben Browning
  • Chanel Pysnik
  • Geoff Blackwell
  • Ruth Hobday
  • John Sloss
ProducerRuth Hobday
  • Elizabeth Blackwell
  • James Brown
Running time27–30 min
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)

Live to Lead is a 2022 American documentary series set for streaming on Netflix. It was released on December 31, 2022.[1][2]

Background and production[edit]

The series will feature interviews with world leaders and influencers, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Greta Thunberg, Bryan Stevenson, Jacinda Ardern, Siya Kolisi, Gloria Steinem, and Albie Sachs.[1] Geoff Blackwell will serve as the series' director.[3] The idea behind the series was conceived by Blackwell and Ruth Hobday as they worked on a project about Nelson Mandela in 2018.[3] Titled I Know This to Be True, the project is a collaboration between Nelson Mandela Foundation and Blackwell & Ruth and involves a series of interviews with leaders and public figures that were released in 2020 as a series of books.[4] In a statement, Blackwell said that the series aimed "to honor Mandela's values by surfacing the stories of leaders who distinguish themselves through their moral courage, the conviction of their ideals and values, and their prioritization of others."[3]

After the first trailer for the documentary was released, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated that she was not in direct contact with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about the project, and the footage they were using had come from a November 2019 interview with the Nelson Mandela Foundation that was originally meant to be used for "printed and digital books, short films and audiobooks."[5][6] In March 2021, Ardern was notified that the foundation would use the footage for a Netflix project and in May 2022 she was told that Prince Harry and Meghan would be presenting it, though all communications were through the foundation and Ardern was not in direct contact with the couple regarding the project.[6]


No.EpisodeDirected byOriginal release date
1Ruth Bader GinsburgGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
2Greta ThunbergGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
3Bryan StevensonGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
4Jacinda ArdernGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
5Siya KolisiGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
6Gloria SteinemGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)
7Albie SachsGeoff BlackwellDecember 31, 2022 (2022-12-31)


  1. ^ a b Petit, Stephanie (December 19, 2022). "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Announce New Netflix Project Inspired by Nelson Mandela". People. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  2. ^ Goldbart, Max (December 19, 2022). "Harry & Meghan Set Next Netflix Project 'Live To Lead'". Deadline. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Yossman, K. J. (December 19, 2022). "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Set New Netflix Docuseries 'Live to Lead'". Variety. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  4. ^ "About". I know this to be true. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  5. ^ McClure, Tess (December 20, 2022). "Jacinda Ardern learned she was in new Meghan and Harry series the day of trailer release". The Guardian. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Ward, Victoria (December 20, 2022). "Jacinda Ardern distances herself from the Sussexes in disclaimer statement about Netflix documentary". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 23, 2022.

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