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Are the Obamas the next Netflix reality stars?

By newadmin / Published on Saturday, 10 Mar 2018 01:20 AM / No Comments / 8 views

Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly negotiating a deal to produce shows for Netflix.

Netflix would pay the former first couple for exclusive content, with the number of episodes and formats yet to be decided, according to the New York Times, which described talks as “advanced”.

The shows would give Mr Obama, who was US president for eight years until Donald Trump took over after the 2016 election, an unfiltered way of talking to the public.

US President Barack Obama greets fans after delivering a speech to crowds of people during a public rally at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011
The former president would not use the shows to comment on his successor, reports say

He already has an audience on Twitter, where he has 101 million followers, and Facebook, with 55 million.

He would not use the shows to respond to Mr Trump or his conservative critics, however.

US President Barack Obama (L) sets down bags of toys as he and first lady Michelle Obama deliver gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. For 67 years the Toys for Tots program has worked with local communities to collect and distribute toys and gifts for less fortunate children throughout the United States
The couple would promote issues close to their hearts

Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the newspaper: “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.”

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gives hugs and high-fives to children for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in the East Room of the White House April 20, 2016 in Washington, DC
Michelle Obama championed issues including nutrition during her time as first lady

Among the issues close to the former president’s heart are health care, voting rights, foreign policy and climate change; while the former first lady championed the importance of nutrition during her time in the White House.

It has not been revealed how much the Obamas might be paid for their involvement.

The New York Times also reported that Apple and Amazon have shown interest in content deals with the couple.

But Mr Obama has connections to Netflix: his ambassador to the Bahamas – Nicole A Avant – is married to Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

Netflix has not commented on the talks.

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