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Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Chris Rock wants the Obamas to "make your money," but not on Netflix
"I don't want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score," Rock tells The Hollywood Reporter when asked about his reaction to Barack and Michelle Obama's deal to produce shows for the streaming service. Rock, who has his own $40 million deal with Netflix, adds: "I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don't want (him) to be involved with that." When asked if he had any advice for the Obamas, Rock said he'd send them to Donald Glover.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 6:28PM EDT
Netflix boss: Our Obama deal doesn't mean we're becoming "the Obama Network"
"It's not The Obama Network, it's not the MSNBC shift," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, a Democrat, said at the Paley Center for Media in New York. "There's no political slate to the programming." Sarandos did acknowledge that "it's hard to argue there's not a left lean to the creative community." But he says he pursued the Obamas because "I didn't want to see that deal go anywhere else, because I think they're going to be great at it."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
For the Obamas, the main advantage of Netflix is protection from ratings scrutiny
"Obama Nostalgia" is a logical extension for Netflix in its goal to create content for everybody, says Alyssa Rosenberg. As such, Netflix provides an ideal home for Barack and Michelle Obama. As Rosenberg explains, "by teaming up with a broadcast television network, or even a glossy cable channel such as HBO, the Obamas would have become subject to the harsh glare of the Nielsen ratings system. It can’t be fun for a network executive to contemplate canceling content by a former president. But continuing to air programming by the Obamas that failed to find an audience might raise questions about whether a network was staying in business with them for political reasons. The worst thing that could happen to the Obamas as they move toward becoming a media brand is a deal like Megyn Kelly’s move to NBC: a high-profile and expensive announcement that undercuts the star power of the person who was supposed to be a big get."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Some conservatives call for a Netflix boycott over deal with Obamas
The announcement of a production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama has sparked the #BoycottNetflix hashtag on Twitter.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
The Obamas ink deal to produce TV shows and movies for Netflix
Barack and Michelle Obama have officially signed on for a multiyear Netflix production deal. It was first reported on March 8 that the former president and first lady were in advanced talks to "produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide (them) a global platform." On Monday, Netflix announced that the Obamas will work on potential scripted and unscripted series, including documentary series. According to an article in The New York Times, "the former president has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative media outlets like Fox News." In a statement, President Obama said: "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.” Michelle Obama added: “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Dear Barack and Michelle Obama: Don't be surprised if your big names get lost in Netflix's "very, very big pond"
The Obamas are likely to run into the "Netflix conundrum" should they join the streaming service with their own programming. Netflix is "a very, very big pond" for "really famous and cool content creators," says Tim Goodman. Sure, Barack and Michelle Obama will garner a lot of attention for their shows. But their spotlight will be limited considering all the other shows with big names attached that Netflix has to promote. "If the Obamas do sign that deal with Netflix and join the family, they will certainly get more than, say, the middle-tier producers get," says Goodman. "Namely — coordinated press coverage and probably a glitzy premiere party in either New York, D.C. or Los Angeles. There will be billboards, maybe, and as much on-platform buzz as an algorithm can generate. But when the show appears — whatever show that may be — the Obamas will find out what tons of famous TV creators found out when their shows premiered: Once the episodes drop, that's pretty much it for the hand-holding and attention. Once the shows are out, dropping into the world's deepest bucket of content, said shows are either going to be discovered (in due time, like a good book on a library shelf) or ignored (like a good book on a library shelf)."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Dear Netflix: Here are seven proposed Obama family shows
With the former President reportedly close to signing a production deal with Netflix, Vulture's Hunter Harris asks: How about Girl Talk With Michelle and Miss Tina, Beats With Barack and Malia Bird?
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 9:15PM EST
Former President Obama is in advanced talks to produce and appear in TV shows for Netflix
The New York Times reports that the proposed deal, which is not yet finalized, would have Barack and Michelle Obama creating exclusive content for the streaming service that would be available to Netflix's 118 million subscribers. "Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming," reports The Times. "They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories. But the Netflix deal, while not a direct answer to Fox News or Breitbart.com, would give Mr. Obama an unfiltered method of communication with the public similar to the audiences he already reaches through social media, with 101 million Twitter followers and 55 million people who have liked his Facebook page." Potential shows include the former president moderating discussions, the former first lady championing topics like nutrition and the ability to lend their name and brand to projects such as documentaries. The Times reports that Apple and Amazon also expressed interest in signing the Obamas, but the former president is particularly close to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, whose wife served as his ambassador to the Bahamas. It was on Netflix that Obama submitted to his first televised interview since leaving office, on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
Ellen brings Jimmy Kimmel to tears with a surprise tribute to his son Billy
Ellen DeGeneres revealed to Kimmel that one of the rooms at the Heart Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles will be named after his son Billy Kimmel, whose life was saved at that hospital. "Everything you’re doing on the show — you’re using your voice for good, and you’re saying a lot of important things," Ellen said of her friend Jimmy. ALSO: Kimmel recalls meeting Michelle Obama backstage at Ellen dressed as a figure skater.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Ellen scores a three-year ratings high with guest Michelle Obama
The first of two shows celebrating Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday was the highest-rated episode in nearly three years. ALSO: Ellen gets Jennifer Aniston to breathe new life into Friends reunion hopes.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 4:29AM EST
Michelle Obama recalls Melania Trump’s inauguration day gift in Ellen interview
Watch a preview of the former first lady’s first TV interview since leaving the White House a year ago.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Michelle Obama to appear on Ellen in her first TV interview since leaving the White House
The former first lady will help celebrate Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday on Thursday for one of two birthday-themed shows.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
NBC sued after rejecting an audience member from The Voice whom Michelle Obama invited
Greg Duncan says he was one of the veterans invited by the then-first lady to a special May 2016 taping of the NBC reality show. But despite going through two security screenings, he wasn’t allowed in the taping because he says he resembled another person that the Secret Service had barred.
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Michelle Obama told Issa Rae she was mad about the Insecure Season 2 finale
Sasha and Malia turned their mom on to the HBO series, Rae said on Instagram. Rae captioned an Instagram post of her and the former first lady at a marketing event: “A) Me and My President. B) Me after my President told me she was mad about the #InsecureHBO finale fake out. C) Me hugging My President with eternal gratefulness.”