Back in March, we told you that the New York Times was reporting that Barack and Michelle Obama were in talks with Netflix to produce a number of shows. At the time there wasn’t an official statement from either the Obamas or Netflix. Today we can tell you both Netflix and the Obamas have each made statements confirming the partnership.
The Obamas have formed a production company called ‘Higher Ground Productions’ and have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix. The Obamas will produce content including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be available to the 125 million Netflix households in 190 countries.
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, 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.
– Former President Obama
“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others, Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
– Former First Lady Michelle Obama