The Obamas Are Coming To Netflix
Michelle and Barack have signed on for a multi-year production deal that will see them both in front of and behind the camera.
It looks like we won't have just ONE U.S. President obsessed with ratings for long as former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix.
According to an announcement on Monday the Obamas will be working on projects ranging from docu-series, documentary films, scripted and unscripted series and even feature films under the deal.
In a statement Barack Obama said, "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".
"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."
"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," Michelle added.
Rumours of the deal date back to March, when the New York Times ran a story speculating Barack was in talks to produce content that would "highlight inspirational stories".
The former president was also recently seen on David Letterman's new series for the streaming giant, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Both Letterman and the Obamas are just a few of the high-profile names Netflix has collected of late.
Last year the entertainment industry was shocked to see Shonda Rhimes sign with Netflix, leaving her longtime home of ABC where shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder made her a worldwide household name.
Similarly in February, it was announced that prolific producer and showrunner Ryan Murphy was making the jump with a deal that was reportedly worth up to $300 million.
The Obama announcement didn't reveal any financial information about the deal, however a spokesperson for Netflix called the pair "uniquely positioned" to bring certain stories to the platform's current content offering.
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, "We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities."
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