After running a country it’s time for something new. That’s what power couple Barack and Michelle Obama must have thought, when they were planning their future after Barack’s eight years of presidency. And now the former president and first lady are working on something that might surprise all of us.
The couple has signed a multiyear contract with Higher Ground Productions, a Netflix-owned company. Netflix announced that the Obamas will be producing “a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docuseries, documentaries, and features.”
Last March speculations about a possible partnership between Netflix and the Obamas started circulating and now Barack has made an official statement in which he explained why he and his wife are taking this next step. “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,” Barack said.
The former first lady also said a few words about the partnership, explaining why it was a natural fit to work together. “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,” Michelle explained in her statement.
Although this will be a new and exciting change in their careers, Netflix already kind of feels like home. Earlier this year, the former president appeared on the Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, hosted by David Letterman.