Barrack, Michelle Obama in talks to produce new Netflix shows

Phillip Cunningham
March 12, 2018

Barack and Michelle Obama hold massive audiences on social media - 101 million for the former president and more than 10 million for the former first lady. The possibilities reportedly being discussed include him serving as a producer on a show about inspiring American stories or as a moderator of a new show on Netflix.

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson revealed in a column last week that she carries a plastic Barack Obama doll in her purse as a way to comfort herself in the Donald Trump era. Netflix has more than 117 million subscribers, 55 million of whom are in the United States.

When reached about the possibility of the Obamas joining the Netflix family, a Netflix spokesperson said the company has "no comment at this time".

Under one proposal, the shows could focus on significant public-policy topics, including health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy and climate change. They're working on a deal which would see the Obamas providing the service with multiple original TV shows for programming.

But according to the Times, Obama has "seethed privately and publicly" over how he believes conservative news organizations, in particular, have manipulated news coverage and the perception of his presidency and legacy since he left office, and suggested that he could use the Netflix platform to present his version of the nation's affairs, and vision of where the country should go. Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better.

Schultz said the couple continues to explore new ways to help others share their stories. The former president already has 101 million followers on Twitter.

The Times also reported that Amazon and Apple have also been interested in a potential Obama content deal, but provided no details on whether anything had moved beyond the concept stage.

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