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Obamas agree to deal to produce original programs for Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama have maintained a relatively profile since leaving the White House. But that could be changing now that they have agreed to produce original programming for Netflix.
The Los Gatos-based streaming giant announced on Monday that the former president and first lady have signed a multiyear deal that can include scripted and unscripted series, as well as documentaries and features. The content will be produced by Higher Ground Productions, a company recently founded by the Obamas.
It is apparently one Obama move that President Trump cannot overturn.
“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,” the former president said in a statement released by Netflix. “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.”
Obama has had a previous experience with Netflix, having appeared on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”
The former first lady added her own statement about how she felt that Netflix was a good partner for the projects they have:
“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,” she said. “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.”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement the Obamas “are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”
A New York Times report in March said Obama’s projects are not intended to address President Donald Trump or conservatives. Instead, it would focus on “inspirational content.”

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