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Obamas Unveil Slate of Series, Documentaries for Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama are producing content for Netflix. Barack and Michelle Obama are producing content for Netflix. |  Photo: White House, file

JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Created: April 30, 2019 11:46 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Barack and Michelle Obama have unveiled a slate of projects in development for Netflix, a year after the former president and first lady signed a deal with the streaming platform.

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The Obamas' production company, Higher Ground Productions, on Tuesday announced a total of seven films and series that Barack Obama said will entertain but also "educate, connect and inspire us all."

Higher Ground is producing a feature film on Frederick Douglass, adapted from David W. Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. It's also planning an adaptation of The New York Times "Overlooked" obituary column, about deaths unreported by the paper.

Netflix and the Obamas acquired the Sundance Film Festival documentary "American Factory," about a Chinese-owned factory in post-industrial Ohio. And the company's "Bloom" is an upstairs-downstairs drama set in post-WWII New York.

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JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

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