Michelle And Barack Obama Reveal Their Netflix Plans
Barack and Michelle Obama‘s production company, Higher Ground Productions, has unveiled their initial slate of projects for their partnership with Netflix. The content on the horizon includes a range of scripted and unscripted projects for a wide range of audiences, as well as full-length features and documentaries.
Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis–the co-heads of the organization–revealed the news on Tuesday, announcing seven projects that are in different stages of development to be released over the next several years.
You can check out descriptions of the upcoming projects below:
“American Factory” was acquired by Netflix in association with Higher Ground Productions out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary. The film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires 2,000 blue-collar Americans.
“Bloom” is a drama series set in the world of fashion in post-WWII New York City that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era characterized by both hurdles and progress.
Higher Ground is also producing a feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” for which he won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.
Adapted from the New York Times’ obituary column Overlooked, telling the stories of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper, Higher Ground is developing “Overlooked” as a scripted anthology series with producers Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions and Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content.
For family programming, “Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents” will be a half-hour preschool series from creators Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and Erika Thormahlen. The show will take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.
Are you feeling this new programing lineup from the Obamas?!