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Barack Obama Is In Talks For His Own Netflix Show

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Barack Obama Is In Talks For His Own Netflix Show

Former US President Barack Obama clearly has the swag to do whatever he wants - including, it seems, taking a page from Donald Trump's TV guide and getting his own show on Netflix.

Yep, Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks to produce a series of exclusive high-profile shows for the streaming platform which will reach a global audience, according to the New York Times. However, the number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided as yet.

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At the moment, it's believed that the Obamas have mentioned lending their brand and endorsement to shows highlighting inspirational stories about other people, whether real-life documentaries or fictional work.

There are other ideas in the pipeline too, such as having Barack host panel conversations about current topics such as health care and climate change. Barack's wife Michelle could even host a show discussing things she personally champions, such as nutrition.

Whatever the arrangement turns out to be, one thing is clear - the Obamas won't be drawn into bashing President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with the discussions. People hoping for some political Hot Takes may be disappointed.

"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire," Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, said on Thursday.

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"Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories."

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Credit: PA

Given his 101 million Twitter followers and the 55 million people who like his Facebook page, Barack clearly has no problem connecting with the public. Appealing to Netflix's 118 million subscribers should be a cinch, then.

It's not yet clear how much the Obamas will be paid for the project, but needless to say that phenomenally successful family won't be short of money either way.

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Both Barack and Michelle are currently writing their memoirs - for which they were reportedly paid over $60 million (£43.4m), while Barack gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches across the world.

Executives from other streaming services like Apple and Amazon are also interested in agreeing content deals with the ex-Prez.

To think, Barack probably thought he'd be less busy when he left the White House. Ah well.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Barack Obama

Chris Ogden
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