March 9, 2018
Netflix is reportedly in discussions with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for a series of original shows aimed at inspiring people.
While no agreements have been signed, The New York Times reports the content – unlike late night TV talk shows – would not be political or platforms aimed at criticizing President Trump or conservatives.
Since leaving the White House, Obama has kept a relatively low profile despite having more than 100 million followers on Twitter and 55 million “likes” of his Facebook page. He and Michelle were reportedly paid more than $60 million for their pending memoirs.
Obama recently appeared on the first episode of David Letterman’s original talk show on Netflix, which has more than 117 million subscribers – including 53 million domestically.
“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR,” Obama told Letterman.
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings and CCO Ted Sarandos have strong ties to Obama, with Hastings often attending state dinners and Sarandos’ wife, Nicole Avant, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas during the Obama presidency.
Indeed, Hastings reportedly offered to resign earlier this year from the Facebook board over his disagreement with board member Peter Thiel and the latter’s support for Trump. The idea was shot down by Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg.