The Obamas just signed a huge producing deal for Netflix that is going to net them millions of dollars.
From Hollywood Reporter:
The Obamas have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with the streaming giant, Netflix announced on Monday. The pair will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features under their Higher Ground Productions banner.
“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 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.”
The former first lady added in her own statement: “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.”
“Higher Ground Productions.” Uh huh.
It’s hard to estimate the damage that Barack Obama did to the country over the time he was in office so it’s a bit galling to see it effectively rewarded with millions of dollars. But it makes sense. Obama was always imagined himself and frequently acted more like a Hollywood celebrity than a president.
There are more than a few people who would likely have a message for Barack Obama about his claim to ‘higher ground.’
Tell the agents whose cases against Hezbollah terrorists and drug dealers you scuttled because you didn’t want to mess up your Iran Deal. Tell them about your ‘higher ground.’
When those facts wereexposed in what should have been a Pulitzer Prize-winning story, most of the media couldn’t skip past the story fast enough.
Tell the Trump team, the AP, the Senate and James Rosen, all of whom you spied upon, about that higher ground.
How much is this deal worth? Well, Netflix’s similar deal with mega-producer Ryan Murphy is said to be worth as much as $300 million.
“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and 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,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”
The Obamas are also making $65 million through book deals with Random House.