And for the Obamas’ latest move? A Netflix production deal that is set to last for multiple years and will encompass everything from scripted series to documentaries, cultivating ‘talented’ and ‘inspiring’ voices to promote ‘greater empathy.’ Where do we sign up?
‘One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,’ read a statement from the former US President given to the New York Times yesterday. ‘That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.’
Rumours that a major deal was being brokered between the streaming giant and the former First Couple first emerged in March, when a source told the New York Times that the pair were in ‘advanced negotiations’ to produce ‘a series of high profile shows.’
Netflix has confirmed via Twitter that the agreement could potentially include ‘scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features,’ and there’s a strong likelihood that Obamas’ output could focus on the topics that defined their White House tenure, whether that’s immigration, health care and climate change or nutrition and education.
Another option could see the pair endorse documentaries or even fictional programming that champions the causes and values they have aligned themselves with. Naturally, we're holding out for a fly-on-the-wall show depicting the couple's post-White House life (featuring Barack's forays into water sports).
Since leaving the White House, the pair have certainly kept themselves busy, be that through the launch of the Obama Foundation and Presidential Centre in Chicago, meeting with Prince Harry or (for Barack) appearing on David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show.
Earlier this year, Michelle announced that her forthcoming memoir will be titled Becoming, and is set to be published on 13th November this year by Penguin Random House, which was reported to have acquired the rights to both Obamas’ memoirs in a rumoured $65 million deal.
‘Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,’ the former First Lady revealed in a statement. ‘It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life.’
‘In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others.
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