Netflix has announced a deal with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, which will see the pair producing films and TV shows for the streaming giant.
In a statement released earlier today (Monday, May 21), it was confirmed that the former US President and First Lady have signed on to a “multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features”.
“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,” the former president added in a statement.
“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.”
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.
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2018
In March, The New York Times reported that the Obamas were in talks with the streaming company to “produce a series of high-profile shows” that would give the former President “a global platform after his departure from the White House”.
The report suggested that the shows would “highlight inspirational stories” rather than “directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics”.
Earlier this year, Barack Obama appeared on David Letterman’s new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. See a trailer for that episode below.