(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File). FILE - This Sept. 17, 2016 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washi...
Barack and Michelle Obama announced a multi-year deal to produce films and series for Netflix. The agreement could reportedly include scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.
This deal with Netflix will give the Obamas a platform to reach millions of viewers across the world, but The New York Times reports the Obamas don't plan to use it to promote political messages.
"The former president and his advisers have rejected that approach, believing that Mr. Obama would become a convenient political target for the current president. As a result, the Netflix deal is unlikely to be a vehicle for any sharp, partisan rhetoric by the former president, officials said."
Barack Obama said in a statement that the Netflix productions will be focused more on storytelling.
"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 — we 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."