Netflix In Talks With The Obamas For TV Shows
Apparently, Barack Obama is embracing the streaming services like Netflix. Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are shown here during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. – Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America.
Netflix may be closing in on one of its biggest prizes yet: the former president and first lady of the United States.
According to a New York Times report, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are in talks to produce a series of high-profile shows for the streaming giant.
A spokesperson for Netflix could not be reached for comment.
The TV shows would highlight inspirational stories, rather than comment on Donald Trump or conservative politics, according to the report.
One possible show idea would feature Obama moderating conversations on topics that dominated his presidency, including health care, immigration and climate change.
Another show idea would feature the former First Lady on various topics, including nutrition.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, Obama’s senior advisor, told the Times. “As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”
It’s unclear how much the Obamas would be paid in the Netflix deal. They recently signed a joint book deal for over $65 million.
The deal is evidence that Mr. Obama, who left the White House when he was just 55 years old, intends to remain engaged in the nation’s civic business, even as he has studiously avoided direct clashes with Mr. Trump about his concerted efforts to roll back Mr. Obama’s legacy. It is also a clear indication that the former president remains interested in the intersection of politics, technology and media.
Several people familiar with the Netflix discussions said that executives from Apple and Amazon, which have their own streaming services, have also expressed interest in talking with Mr. Obama about content deals.
Sources: Variety & NYT