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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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