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Report: Netflix, Barack Obama in talks to produce series

Global streaming giant Netflix is reportedly in talks with former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce an assortment of original series. As reported by the New York Times, ...
March 9, 2018

Global streaming giant Netflix is reportedly in talks with former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce an assortment of original series.

As reported by the New York Times, while Obama has discussed producing series that highlight “inspirational stories”, the number of episodes and formats for the series have not been finalized.

According to The Times, the former president does not plan to use Netflix as a platform to respond to current President Donald Trump or conservative critics.

“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, said on Thursday in a statement. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

The Obamas have individually been making rounds on the speaking circuit, while the former president recently appeared as a guest on the first episode of David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

A Netflix representative declined to comment.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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