The New York Times are reporting that Former President Barrack Obama is in talks with Netflix to produce a series of high profile shows. Citing people who have “advanced knowledge of the discussions” the paper reports:
“Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.
“Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming. They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.”
It is unclear what format the shows will take, however, a few possibilities are Obama moderating conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change. Or The Obamas could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values. Whilst another programme idea could to feature the former First Lady discussing topics such as nutrition, which she championed in the White House. It is unknown how much the Obama’s will be paid in the deal.
Netflix has declined to comment.