Barack & Michelle Obama Unveil First Set Of Shows After Signing Historic Netflix Deal

Published: Wednesday 1st May 2019 by Sam

Barack and Michelle Obama made history in the White House; and post politics, they look poised to do the same in the media arena.

As reported, the power couple signed a mega-deal with Netflix to produce a series of projects under their freshly formed Higher Ground umbrella.

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Now, The Obamas are lifting the lid on what the next chapter of their legacy is comprised of.

For, they’ve provided insights into seven initial productions they’re working on.

Full story below…

In a joint statement with Netflix, the following projects – currently in different stages of development – are confirmed for release over the next several years:

AMERICAN FACTORY was acquired by Netflix in association with Higher Ground Productions out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary. From Participant Media, the film is directed by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winners Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “A Lion in the House,” “Seeing Red”). The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. The producers are Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, and Julie Parker Benello.

BLOOM is an upstairs/downstairs drama series set in the world of fashion in post-WWII New York City that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress. BLOOM is written and executive produced by Academy Award-winner® Callie Khouri (“Nashville,” “Thelma and Louise,” the upcoming Aretha Franklin movie at MGM), from an idea developed by Khouri, writer-director Clement Virgo (“The Book Of Negroes,” “The Wire,” “Empire”) and novelist and producer Juliana Maio (“City of the Sun”). Higher Ground Productions, Khouri, Virgo and Maio will executive produce the series.

Higher Ground is producing a feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, for which he won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. The New York Times called the book “an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.”

Adapted from The New York Times’ ongoing obituary column Overlooked, telling the stories of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper, Higher Ground is developing OVERLOOKED as a scripted anthology series with producers Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions and Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content.

For family programming, LISTEN TO YOUR VEGETABLES & EAT YOUR PARENTS will be a half-hour preschool series from creators Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and Erika Thormahlen. The show will take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.

From Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of The Big Short and Moneyball, and based on his book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, FIFTH RISK, a non-fiction series, will aim to portray the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation.

CRIP CAMP is a feature-length documentary film in production that is supported by the Sundance Institute and acquired earlier this year by Higher Ground and Netflix. Just down the road from Woodstock, in the early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement. The film is directed by former camper Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Producers include Newnham, LeBrecht and Sara Bolder, with executive producer Howard Gertler.

Speaking on the initial slate, Barack said:

We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect, and inspire us all.”

Michelle added:

“We love this slate because it spans so many different interests and experiences, yet it’s all woven together with stories that are relevant to our daily lives. We think there’s something here for everyone—moms and dads, curious kids, and anyone simply looking for an engaging, uplifting watch at the end of a busy day. We can’t wait to see these projects come to life — and the conversations they’ll generate.”

Equally excited is Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, who concluded:

“President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and the Higher Ground team are building a company focused on storytelling that exemplifies their core values. The breadth of their initial slate across series, film, documentary and family programming shows their commitment to diverse creators and unique voices that will resonate with our members around the world.”

We’re buzzed for what The Obamas have in store.

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  1. Barb-Wire May 1, 2019

    Y’all stream Big Ole Freak by Megan thee Stallion. Let’s take it to the top 10. Bring back real barz!!!

    #76OnTheBB100andStillClimbing

    • Real Tea May 1, 2019

      Better than Beyonce’s Homecoming? 🤔

    • Trump’s Supporter May 1, 2019

      MAGA!!!
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    • Sooo FREAKY May 1, 2019

      I love her. Play it frequently

  2. Shontarka laquifa Jackson May 1, 2019

    These two are becoming the next Hillary and Bill.

    • Trump’s Supporter May 1, 2019

      New world order @ Illuminati supporter… just like Bey and Jay!! 😖😖😖😖😖

  3. CHINA May 1, 2019

    Obama needs to run for Vice President with Joe

    • Texan Loves Taylor May 1, 2019

      What are you smokin?

  4. Clarkson May 1, 2019

    Stop disgracing yourself Obama, u are a former president not a reality star

    • Kanye Says May 1, 2019

      The worst President ever!!! 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

  5. [email protected] May 1, 2019

    I applaud them. Stay relevant. It is something positive that they are trying to convey & I am proud of them for doing it. Anyone cynical of their efforts are just self haters. Get your life together & do something to help others as the Obama’s are doing. Thank you Obama’s!

  6. Me! May 1, 2019

    Beyonce’s Homecoming… a tragedy!🤤

  7. Trump’s Supporter 2020 May 1, 2019

    Say no to Illuminati’s Puppets!

  8. Queen of Dance Paula is backkkk! May 1, 2019

    Your time has passed. Retire gracefully!

  9. Keisha May 3, 2019

    His a spy and she’s a man. Worst president ever.

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