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Obamas ink new deal with Netflix

Will produce feature films

OW Staff Writer | 5/24/2018, 9:58 a.m.
Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the entertainment business.

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the entertainment business.

The streaming service Netflix announced this week it has reached a multi-year agreement with the former president and first lady, who are expected to produce content such as series, documentaries and even feature films under the marquee of Higher Ground productions.

“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,'' Obama said in a statement released by Netflix. “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.''

There was no immediate timeline on when their productions will begin streaming.

“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,'' said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.''