The Obamas and Netflix just announced the first slate of series and films being produced for the by Higher Ground Productions for the streaming service. The former president and first lady launched Higher Ground Productions last year, and they expect to make even more project announcements in the coming months, Netflix said in a press release.
Mr. Obama said Higher Ground was created to “harness the power of storytelling,” and the projects they chose have a purpose: “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,” he said in the statement.
Mrs. Obama said the productions have something for everyone. “We love this slate because it spans so many different interests and experiences, yet it’s all woven together with stories that are relevant to our daily lives,” the former first lady said.
The co-heads of Higher Ground, Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, said the company’s first seven projects encompass “a wide range of fiction and non-fiction signature productions for all audiences including scripted, unscripted and documentary series, as well as full-length features and documentaries.”