The Obamas have left the Oval Office and are making their way to Netflix where they will produce a catalog of projects under their Higher Ground Productions banner. The pair had signed a multiyear production deal in 2018.
According to a Netflix press release, “the content encompasses a wide range of fiction and non-fiction signature productions for all audiences including scripted, unscripted and documentary series, as well as full-length features and documentaries.”
“We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects. 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,” -President Obama said in a statement to Netflix.
“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. 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,” Mrs. Michelle Obama said in a statement.
The streaming service also offered an in-depth glimpse at just what some of the Obama’s programming will entail over the next couple of years. Check them out below!
A deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans.
American Factory will be Directed by Academy Award-nominees and Emmy Award-winners Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.
An upstairs/downstairs drama series set in the world of fashion in post-WWII New York City that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.
Nashville’s Callie Khouri will write and executive produce based on the idea developed by herself and novelist/producer Juliana Maio.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS FILM
This will be a feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight’s book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.
Overlooked will be a scripted anthology series adapted from The New York Times’ ongoing obituary column ‘Overlooked’. The column tells the stories of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper.
LISTEN TO YOUR VEGETABLES & EAT YOUR PARENTS
This family programming submission will be a half-hour preschool series that will take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food. It was created by Drunk History’s Jeremy Konner and Erika Thormahlen.
A non-fiction series that will aim to portray the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation. Based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy.
This feature-length documentary will follow a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement. The film is directed by former camper Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham.
“President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and the Higher Ground team are building a company focused on storytelling that exemplifies their core values. The breadth of their initial slate across series, film, documentary and family programming shows their commitment to diverse creators and unique voices that will resonate with our members around the world,” said Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos.
What do you think of the projects President and Mrs. Obama will be bringing to Netflix? The streaming service also has its new political documentary Knock Down the House dropping on May 1st. The film offers a look at four women involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.