May 22, 2018 at 10:34 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Obamas sign production deal with Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama (Screenshot via YouTube)

Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a production deal with Netflix.

Netflix reports it has formed a “storytelling partnership” with the former U.S. president and first lady which will “produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.” The financial details of the deal were not disclosed in the announcement.

“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,” Barack Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Michelle Obama added: “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. 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.”

The Obamas have created the production company Higher Ground Productions to produce content for the streaming service.

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