Obamas and Netflix Reveal Details About the Projects They’re Working On



After leaving office, former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have kept busy with meaningful projects like Michelle’s critically acclaimed memoir Becoming, the Obama Foundation, the Barack Obama Presidential Center as well the Higher Ground Productions company. Late last year, the former White House couple landed a lucrative production deal with Netflix and have now announced the list of projects that they plan on releasing through their exclusive partnership with the streaming service. Higher Ground secured a multi-year deal with Netflix that is set to consist of 7 projects in total. The upcoming projects will be based on a variety of rich stories from around the world, all of which have their own unique perspective to offer.

Details About the Projects

So far, there are 7 confirmed projects under development that will be a part of the Obamas’ Netflix deal. Those projects include series, films, and documentaries that tell thought-provoking stories about the human experience. Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents is a half-hour series for preschoolers will take kids around the world, telling “the story of our food.” American Factory is a documentary based around the story of a Chinese billionaire who opened up a factory in Ohio that went on to be a very successful business venture. Bloom is a post-WWII drama series that examines barriers and progress “faced by women and by people of color” in that era.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions company will also be producing a movie adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography written by David W. Blight titled “Fedrick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” Other highly anticipated titles in the works include Overlooked – an adaptation of a famous New York Times series about deaths going unreported throughout the span of several years; Crip Camp – a documentary about the origins of the disability rights movement; finally, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy is an adaptation of a book written by Michael Lewis.

Storytelling That Matters

Through telling these thoughtful stories, the Obamas are continuing their groundbreaking humanitarian work and impacting public life for the better. In a statement released in reference to their Higher Ground Productions company, the former President had this to say, “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.”

How To Watch

Netflix has yet to release any specific premiere dates for the titles listed above however the company assures us that the projects will be released over the span of the next few years. Each of the projects is currently in different stages of development although sources from Huffington Post have stated that we may be able to expect at least one of the titles to be released at the end of this year. 

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