While specific details are few and far in between, The New York Times reports that Obama's new show will provide him with a "global platform" to talk to the American people about whatever he wants in a relaxed and unfiltered setting. They also could put together a series or even just a documentary-style program where Obama could discuss issues that he faced in the White House.
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson revealed in a column last week that she carries a plastic Barack Obama doll in her purse as a way to comfort herself in the Donald Trump era.
With the partnership, Netflix will have another big-name personality working on its shows, marking another win for the streaming service as it looks to continue its domination of the streaming market despite the growth of its competitors.
"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire", Eric Schultz, Obama's senior advisor, told the Times. 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.
According to reports, Netflix is proposing for Barack and Michelle to be part of creating content that would be exclusive to the SVOD site. It was not immediately clear how many shows or episodes would be ordered nor how much the Obamas would be paid. It is suggested that the former president could serve as mediator in relevant discussions on matters such as health care and the immigration policies of the country, as well as raising awareness regarding climate change. As for their Netflix deal, we'll have more on it as news develops.