Netflix and Barack Obama in talks to produce new programming.
Most former United States Presidents usually take a couple of years off after serving their term. For number 44, Barack Obama, he isn’t content with just sitting on the sidelines post-White House. The former president is in negotiations with streaming giant, Netflix, to produce an array of high-profile series.
In the proposed deal, Netflix would pay both Barak and Michelle Obama for exclusive content viewers will only be able to watch on their streaming service. At the time of this article, there are no specifics regarding the shows, content, or format.
Mr. Obama will not be using this platform as a base to strike at conservative viewers or President Donald Trump. Mr. Obama wants to focus on inspirational stories that will give people hope.
Obama senior advisor Eric Schultz, in a statement provided to CBS News, said the Obamas believe in the power of storytelling to inspire.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Schultz said. “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 help others tell and share their stories.”
Landing a deal with the 44th President will be a massive acquisition for Netflix. The company is already dominating the streaming landscape thanks to their popular assortment of shows like Stranger Things, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, their stable of popular Marvel shows, Oscar-winning films, and documentaries. It is unprecedented for a former POTUS to have this platform or such an already far-reaching streaming service. Even Obama’s harshest critics will be curious to check out what the former President and Netflix will bring to the table.