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Obama in talks to provide shows for Netflix

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Former US was in advanced negotiations with to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, a report said.

Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, would pay Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers worldwide, quoted informed sources as saying on Thursday.

The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.

Obama does not intend to use his shows to directly respond to or conservative critics, according to the sources.

They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.

But the Netflix deal, while not a direct answer to or Breitbart.com, would give Obama an unfiltered method of communication with the public similar to the audiences he already reaches through social media, with 101 million followers and 55 million people who have liked his page.

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

"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."

Executives from and Amazon, which have their own streaming services, have also expressed interest in talking with Obama about content deals, quoted the sources as saying.

The deal between Netflix and Obama would be a modern twist on an approach that former politicians have tried in the past.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 09:54 IST
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