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$$$ for ‘Empathy’: Obamas Sign Deal with Netflix to Produce Their Kind of Movies and TV

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May 22, 2018

Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have signed an extensive contract to create new movies and television shows for Netflix. That agreement potentially includes scripted and unscripted programs, documentaries and feature films.

Of course, the Monday announcement came as no surprise to anyone familiar with the connection between the pay-cable channel and the former Democratic occupants of the White House, along with Obama Administration officials and entertainment executives who have supported the family in the past.

According to an article by Michelle Castillo, a reporter for CNBC Digital, the former first couple hopes “to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

In a statement also released on Monday, the former president said:

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.

{W]e 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.

Also commenting on the new deal was Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who asserted that the Obamas “are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”

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