Former President Barack and Michelle Obama are stepping into the film industry as Netflix has announced a multi-year deal with the Obamas, in which they will produce films and series for the streaming service.
“President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” the company stated in a tweet on Monday.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2018
Although there are no immediate details available regarding the deal, a potential deal was first reported by The New York Times back in March. Obama Senior Adviser, Eric Schultz, told the paper, “President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire.”
“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,” he said.
While hosting a film festival at the White House during his last two years in office, President Obama expressed his appreciation for the film industry and how it connects the people to the story, according to The Hill.
“That’s a media that connects us with people and stories we might otherwise never know,” Obama said of filmmaking in 2016. “And it puts us in the shoes of people potentially on the other side of the world or the neighborhood very different than the one we grew up in.”