A partnership between the Obamas and Netflix was rumored after The New York Times reported back in March that the couple was in talks of deal with the company. Netflix announced on Monday that the Obamas have signed onto a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with the streaming service. The former president and first lady will potentially work on scripted and unscripted series as well as documentary series and films that will be available to the 125 million members Netflix reaches in 190 different countries.
“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,” said President Obama. “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 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,” said Michelle Obama.
“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.”