In May, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama signed a deal with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming service.
Now, several months on, just what that deal entails is becoming clearer. Speaking earlier today at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says:
“They have their eyes on film and television, fiction and non-fiction. They want to do programming, storytelling that fits in with what they did during the presidency, obviously…It’s going to be great storytelling.”
One thing they won’t be doing? Politics, with Sarandos saying the topics they’re more likely focusing on are sport, lifestyle and nutrition.
As part of the same panel, the producers of Netflix hit “Wild Wild Country” were on hand and revealed they were originally pitching the project at HBO but the premium cable channel wouldn’t do it unless a name recognizable celebrity starred or narrated.