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Barack Obama, Netflix in Talks for Producing Deal

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The former U.S. president, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, would be making series for the global streamer.

Barack Obama’s recent sit-down with David Letterman may not be his only cameo on Netflix. The former U.S. president is said to be in advanced talks with the streaming outfit to produce original series in what would be his first big move after exiting the White House in 2017.

The news was first reported by The New York Times, which noted the deal was not yet final. A representative from Netflix declined to comment. The deal would also be with wife and former first lady Michelle Obama. 

Such a move would be unprecedented in media. No previous president has ever made such a deal, instead limiting their post-presidential pacts to massive book deals. It would be another coup for Netflix, as well, which has been making a notably concerted effort in expanding its unscripted and informational original programming after making such strides in drama and comedy in recent years. 

The deal is said to be focused on series that highlight inspirational stories, not anything to serve as a direct rebuttal to current president Trump or his policies. This should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the Obamas of the last year. (The recent Obama interview with David Letterman, his first such televised sit-down since leaving office, only talked around Trump — never directly addressing him.)  

Netflix is essentially a direct line of communication to 118 million global subscribers. The streamer has become one of the only content suppliers of its kind to release its originals on the same day in every market where it’s currently available. 

More to come… 

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