In the era of the Trump administration, “Hope & Change” has found a way to thrive.
President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, have partnered with Netflix in a multi-year deal to produce movies and televisions shows. The content involved will include both scripted and unscripted series’, docu-series’, documentaries and feature films. The deal is set to include “a diverse mix of content”, says Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who added that the projects will “discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better. We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”
Since March, rumors have been circulating that the Obamas were looking to work with the streaming service on future television show ideas. While it is no shock that they would be looking into documentaries, the big surprise is the fact that scripted content and feature films are also included. Scripted content could range anywhere from comedies to dramas, both possibly rich with political and social commentary.
For the production deal, the Obamas formed Higher Ground Productions as the home for their Netflix content. President Obama made a statement following the Netflix announcement:
“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. 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.”
Now, imagine the possibility of bringing the Barack & Joe memes to life as comedy shorts.
Okay, probably not.
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