Barack and Michelle Obama to launch new TV shows on Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama to launch new TV shows on Netflix

A production accord with the Obamas - Barack, 56, and Michelle, 54 - would be another high-profile coup for Netflix, which has struck agreements with mega-producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy in recent months.

The first African-American president of the United States is reportedly in talks with the online television and video service for a deal to stream "inspirational stories" produced by the couple, the New York Times reports. It remains to be seen exactly which kinds of shows the Obamas will deliver, as well as the format and episode length and number.

In something of a modern twist on the fireside chats made popular by FDR in the 1930s and 1940s, it's starting to look like former President Barack Obama will soon have his own show on Netflix. Netflix declined to comment, and representatives for the Obamas did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Netflix told the BBC it had no comment to make about the reports. One is a show wherein the former president will moderate conversations about topics that dominated his presidency, including health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change. Michelle Obama would also be involved in programs focusing on issues she supported during the Obamas' White House years, such as childhood nutrition and ways to combat obesity. Former President Obama and Michelle Obama already have a strong social media presence.

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"President and Mrs Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire", he told the paper.

The Times notes that the Obamas have no plans to use Netflix as a vehicle to dish out responses to their critics. Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better.

A Netflix deal would give Obama a new, filter-free way to communicate with the public.

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