Netflix and former President Barack Obama are potentially going to work together on new TV shows. The New York Times reports today that Obama is in "advanced negotiations" with Netflix to create a "series of high-profile shows." NYT's report is based on unspecified sources.
As part of the deal, Netflix would pay Obama and his wife, Michelle, an unspecified fee for new TV shows. According to the report, Obama's shows will focus on "inspirational stories" instead of responding to President Trump or conservative policy.
"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire," Obama's former senior adviser Eric Schultz told NYT. "As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories."
Specifics about Obama's Netflix shows are under wraps for now, but NYT says one potential idea is for a program where Obama moderates discussions about things like health care, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change. Michelle Obama, meanwhile, could star in a show where she talks about things like nutrition and health, which she worked to promote while at the White House. Additionally, the Obamas might be behind new Netflix documentaries or even fictional shows that line up with their "beliefs and values."
Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been interested in making shows with the Obamas, according to the report.
Obama has a history with Netflix. He recently appeared in the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix show, My Guest Needs No Introduction.
Netflix plans to have around 700 original TV shows by the end of 2018; the company plans on spending around $8 billion on content in 2018. Obama's new show(s) could be among them.
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