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Let’s cancel all other subscriptions because the Obamas are heading to Netflix.
Former president Barack Obama and (Forever Flotus) Michelle Obama have signed a deal with Netflix to create exclusive original content for the streaming giant.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.
The content will be launched through the Obamas’ newly established company Higher Ground Productions.
In a Netflix press release, Michelle and Barack expressed excitement over the new partnership, saying:
“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
What’s the first thing you want to see them create? Let us know in the comments.
The Obamas are living their best life since leaving the White House. There’s no way they’re getting back into the arena of politics. Today, Netflix announced that the company has partnered with the First couple for several years to produce films, and series for the streaming service. The projects could potentially include scripted series, unscripted series, docs-series, documentaries and features”
According to Shadow and Act, the Obamas have been in “advanced negotiations” Netflix since as early as March to create content to inspire and uplift. Now that the deal has been finalized, the Obamas will produce under their own production company Higher Ground Productions.
In a press release, President Obama said he and Michelle are hoping to “cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
As for her part, Mrs. Obama said, “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” said the First Lady. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the company is “incredibly proud” the Obamas have chosen their platform as “the home for their formidable storytelling capabilities…“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”