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Former US president Barack Obama is reportedly in talks with Netflix about producing a series of shows.

The exact nature and format of the shows isn't yet clear. But according to sources, the streaming service would pay Barack and his wife Michelle for exclusive content.

The multi-year deal would provide the Obamas with a global platform to reach Netflix's near-118 million subscribers.

The series are thought to highlight inspirational stories, rather than serve as a riposte to current US president Donald Trump and Obama's other conservative critics.

"President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire," Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told The New York Times. "Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better.

"As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories."

Such a signing would be a huge coup for Netflix, whose chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, is married to Nicole A. Avant, an activist who served as president Obama's ambassador to the Bahamas.

Source: The New York Times

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