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Higher Ground Productions unveils new Netflix slate, natural history project

Higher Ground Productions, the prodco established by former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, has announced a slate of new projects in partnership with Netflix. The list includes a ...
February 8, 2021

Higher Ground Productions, the prodco established by former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, has announced a slate of new projects in partnership with Netflix. The list includes a variety of fiction, non-fiction and kids & family content across both series and feature films.

On the docuseries front is Great National Parks, a natural history project that will explore some of the most spectacular national parks and wild spaces on Earth. By turning a lens on species and habitats, the series will demonstrate the importance of protecting the world’s remaining wildernesses and making them accessible for everyone. Higher Ground is producing the series with Wild Space Productions and wildlife filmmaker James Honeyborne of the award-winning series Blue Planet II.

The announcement comes as Higher Ground continues to amplify its reputation in the doc world via projects such as the Academy Award-winning documentary American Factory, the Emmy Award nominated Becoming, and the acclaimed Crip Camp, winner of the 2021 International Documentary Association award for best feature.

“We created Higher Ground to tell great stories,” said the Obamas (pictured above with American Factory¬†directors Julia Reichart and Steven Bognar) in a joint statement. “From science fiction to the beauty of our natural world to the relationships that define us, Higher Ground continues to strive for fresh perspectives, compelling characters, and a healthy dose of inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud to team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories. Each of them has something important to say.”

Higher Ground Productions is co-led by Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, along with Ada Chiaghana and Alex Pitz.

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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