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Netflix in talks with Barack and Michelle Obama to create new shows around them

According to NYT’s report , in addition to Netflix, executives from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also expressed interest in talking to Obama about content deals.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2018 23:34 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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Under the terms of a proposed deal, Netflix will pay Barack and Michelle Obama for exclusive content on the video streaming service, the news report said.(Reuters)

Former President Barack Obama, who appeared recently on Netflix as a guest on comic David Letterman’s comeback show, could soon have his own show, or more, on the streaming service that has 118 million subscribers in the US.

The former president and his wife, Michelle Obama, are in advanced stages of negotiation with Netflix for “exclusive content” that would be available only on the streaming service, according to a report in The New York Times.

The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided, and no announcement has been made about a possible launch date. It was also unclear how much money the Obamas would be paid.

The report suggested that the Obamas could produce a series of high-profile shows, and even star in them, on subjects of interest to them, carrying over from their eight years in the White House.

It added that Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change, and health care by discussing the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

The report said that another programme could feature Michelle on topics such as nutrition and childhood obesity, a subject close to her heart and one she championed relentlessly during her time in the White House.

“President and Mrs Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, said in a statement to US media publications. “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.”

The couple, who live in an upscale neighbourhood in Washington DC that is also home to President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, are also working on their highly anticipated, but separate memoirs — the first lady’s is called “Becoming” and is due out in November, around the mid-term elections.

First Published: Mar 09, 2018 11:06 IST