Former US President Barack Obama departed from the White House over a year ago. While other ex-presidents have devoted their retirement years to political causes, Obama and his wife Michelle have signed a multi-year agreement with Netflix, according to CNBC, and we think that’s pretty cool.
The Obamas are expected to produce movies, documentaries as well as series.
In a statement, Barack said, “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. 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 people and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Sources close to the Obama/Netflix partnership made clear that the former President has no plans of producing any programs centered on or addressing President Trump and The White House. Instead, Obama wants to produce “shows that highlight inspirational stories,” reported New York Times.
Ted Sardano, Netflix chief content officer, in a statement said Barack and Michelle “are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better. We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”
In January, Obama appeared as the first guest on David Letterman’s Netflix special My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, where he spoke about life after his presidency, fatherhood, and more.