Barack Obama in talks with Netflix for new shows
The New York Times is reporting that former President Barack Obama is in advanced talks with Netflix to create a series of shows for the streaming service. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, hope to utilize the platform for shows which highlight inspirational stories, and will not be used as a political platform or to attack politicians on the right.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, said Thursday. “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.”
One show idea involves Obama moderating conversations on topics including health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy and climate change, while another could feature Mrs. Obama discussing topics like nutrition that she championed during her time in the White House. The Obamas may also lend their name branding to documentaries and fictional programming in line with their beliefs.
Obama recently appeared on the streaming service in an episode of David Letterman’s comeback talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
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