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Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel Live! lands Michelle Obama's first late-night visit since leaving the White House
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former first lady delivered big ratings to ABC last night with her Becoming Michelle special. Now she's set to return to ABC on Thursday for a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her new Becoming memoir.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
The Obamas acquire Michael Lewis' Trump administration book The Fifth Risk as a potential Netflix series
Released earlier this month, the bestselling Moneyball and The Big Short author's new book examines the chaos and mismanagement that followed the transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration in the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce. As Deadline notes, Lewis' book describes how "the previous administration created briefing books for the next staff, but those who showed up on behalf of the new administration were greatly unqualified and far and few between." Deadline adds that the potential series intends to help people understand the inner workings of government. Lewis reveals the Obama deal on Katie Couric's podcast coming out on Thursday. He tells Couric he intended The Fifth Risk to be "a civics lesson…I did three departments, because it would be the work of many lifetimes to do the whole government, but you could do this in a fun way across the entire government.”
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Netflix boss says "I hope so" when asked if Barack and Michelle Obama will appear on their TV shows
“They have their eyes on film and television, fiction and non-fiction,” says chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “They want to do programming, storytelling that fits in with what they did during the presidency, obviously.” The Obamas, he adds, plan to cover everything from sports to lifestyle to nutrition — but not politics.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Michelle Obama to give her first interview about her memoir on Good Morning America
Source: New York Post
The former first lady will speak with Robin Roberts live from Chicago on Nov. 13 to promote next month's release of her memoir, titled Becoming. The sitdown will mark Obama's first interview with a major news outlet since leaving the White House.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Chris Rock wants the Obamas to "make your money," but not on Netflix
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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
Source: The Washington Post
"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"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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
Source: The New York Times
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.