Former President Barack Obama is in “advanced negotiations” with Netflix to provide the streaming service with a series of high profile shows, according to a New York Times report.
If the deal goes through, Netflix would pay the former president and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would only be available not the streaming giant’s service. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.
Instead of using the show as a platform to respond to President Trump’s Tweets, the Obamas plan to produce shows that highlight inspirational stories, according to sources familiar with the matter. These topics might include subjects that dominated the White House during Obama’s presidency, such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the publication. “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.”
People familiar with the Netflix discussions told the New York Times that executives from Apple and Amazon, which are also in the streaming business, have also expressed interest in talking with Obama about content deals.
Under the proposed deal, Obama and Michelle who have a combined Twitter following of more than 150 subscribers, would be given a platform that extends their reach to the 118 million consumers who subscribe to Netflix.