If Donald Trump can go from being a TV personality to being President, Barack Obama figures he could go from being President to being a TV star. Obama is reportedly in “advanced negotiations” with Netflix to produce a series of shows for the popular streaming service.
Nothing has been finalized as of yet. However, according to reports, Obama and former first lady, Michelle Obama, would be paid by Netflix to produce programming that would be exclusive to Netflix.
Those close to Obama indicate that the Obamas would not necessarily produce content that’s inherently political. Instead, they would look to shine a light on amazing people who have inspirational stories to tell.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” said Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the 44th President. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better.”
One show idea that has been mentioned would involve Barack Obama serving as a moderator for discussions about topics he addressed during his presidency. That could include topics such as health care, climate change, and immigration.
Another possible show could involve Michelle Obama taking the lead in discussing issues important to her, most notably nutrition and childhood obesity, two of the issues she tried to tackle while serving as first lady.
While an agreement between the Obamas and Netflix isn’t yet official, closing the deal could be huge for the streaming service. While Netflix has 55 million subscribers in the U.S. (117 million worldwide), the former President has over 100 million followers on Twitter and 55 million on Facebook.
As Netflix tries to compete with other streaming services and cable providers, they have shown an unwavering commitment to providing their viewers with high-quality content. They’ve pledged to spend as much as $8 billion on content in 2018. Getting Barack and Michelle Obama to produce programing figures to only improve their already extensive library of high-quality content.