Thursday, August 11, 2022

Barack Obama to Use Netflix Deal to Help ‘Identify & Train’ the ‘Next Generation of Leaders’

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*Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to use he and Michelle’s new multi-year production deal with Netflix to combat political divisiveness.

As we previously reported, Barack has told associates “that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative media outlets like Fox News.”

At an event hosted by software company Okta in Las Vegas, Obama said that the deal will be focused on promoting stories that create better understanding between people with different views, The Hill reports.

“President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” the company said on Monday.

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“Everyone has a story that is pretty sacred,” Obama said, according to Business Insider.

“We want to tell stories,” he said. “This [Netflix deal] becomes a platform. We are interested in lifting people up and identifying people doing amazing work.”

“We did this in the White House,” Barack continued.

“For instance, the very first time Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the first song in ‘Hamilton’ was at the White House at a poetry slam we did,” he added.

Obama said he wants to tell stories that “are important and lift up and identify talent that can amplify the connections between all of us.”

“I continue to believe that if we are hearing each other’s stories and recognizing ourselves in each other, then our democracy works,” he continued. “We are all human. I know this sounds trite, and yet, right now globally we have competing narratives.”

According to the report, Barack said there’s “a clash in the two ways of seeing the world,” and he hopes that instead of divisiveness, people are led by the ideals of freedom and democracy so they “can think and reason and connect and set up institutions based on rule of law and a sense of principals and the dignity and worth of every individual.”

“I’m putting my money on the latter way,” Obama concluded. “That’s what we hope to be a voice to, through Netflix and through my foundation, where we’re identifying and training the next generation of leaders here in the United States and around the world. So they can start sharing their stories and cooperating.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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