Barack Obama in serious talks to create shows for Netflix

Barack Obama in serious talks to create shows for Netflix

But all of those A-listers, and anyone else Netflix has working for it combined can't match the juice that one specific person alone has, and who Netflix may be in the process of bringing into its fold: former President Barack Obama.

It was not immediately clear what types of content they would deliver to the site, but Eric Schultz, a former adviser to the president told the Times: "President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire".

The streaming service's mix of original drama, films and other programming has proved popular globally, with subscriber numbers reaching almost 118 million at the end of 2017.

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Netflix has declined to comment on the reports.

Amazon and Apple executives are also said to be interested in discussing potential content deals with the Obamas. Among the possibilities are inspirational stories, and conversations about topics that stood out during former President Obama's two terms in office such as health care, immigration and climate change. In 2017, the Obamas reportedly inked a record-setting $60 million deal to write two memoirs - one each for the former two-term president and first lady. "As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways help others tell and share their stories". It remains to be seen exactly which kinds of shows the Obamas will deliver, as well as the format and episode length and number. Although the move might seem controversial in the United States, Michelle and Barack Obama are still very well-liked and respected internationally.

It is not yet known how much money the Obamas will receive should they reach a deal with the streaming giant, but it is not thought Barack would want to use the shows as a platform to air his views about current US President Donald Trump.

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