Monday, May 27, 2024

Barack and Michelle Obama Announce Details About Slate of Netflix Projects


*Barack and Michelle Obama have unveiled the initial slate of projects they intend to develop as part of their deal with Netflix through their Higher Ground production company.

The couple have confirmed a total seven projects in the works, including scripted series, documentaries, and feature-length films including adaptations of Michael Lewis’ “The Fifth Risk,” a Frederick Douglass biopic and a period drama set in the fashion world, to be released over the next several years, Complex reports.

“We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects,” Barack Obama said in a press release. “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.”

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Higher Ground will focus on stories that reflect a range of “interests and experiences” but are “relevant to our daily lives,” Michelle said.

“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,” she added. “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.”

Higher Grounds and Netflix will also deliver “Crip Camp,” a documentary that explores a summer camp for disabled teenagers, an anthology series inspired by the New York Times column “Overlooked,” and a 30-minute children’s series about food titled “Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parent.”

According to a press release, High Ground Productions is “A storytelling partnership between President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Netflix, Higher Ground Productions is home to a wide range of scripted, unscripted and documentary-style series, as well as feature-length narrative and documentary films. Higher Ground shines a light on timely and timeless subjects by empowering new and diverse voices to create content that speaks to our world today.”

You can learn more about the projects at the streaming service’s website.

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