The former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are adding filmmakers to their resumes by signing a new deal with Netflix. The deal will see the political power couple produce a number of documentaries, series and features for the streaming service.
“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 Barack 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.”
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Michelle want on to state “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. 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.”
The multi-year deal will see the pair delve into scripted and unscripted docu-series as well as one-offs and features through their newly formed company Higher Ground Productions.
Barack already made a splash on the streaming service when he appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Obama became the first guest in the former Late Show host’s interview series.