Obama in discussions to produce shows for Netflix

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Former President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to produce a series of shows with the streaming service alongside his wife, Michelle.

While the deal is still not final, the New York Times reports that the Obamas are in the final stages of negotiation.

Basically every detail you'd want to know about the possible agreement remains unanswered, including queries about how much the former first family's compensation will be and whether the production would take the shape of a mini-series or documentary, or perhaps one-on-one interviews or live footage of the former president playing basketball with interesting guests.

But the paper said there were no plans to use the shows to attack conservative critics or Donald Trump. It said a deal has not yet been struck between the Obamas and Netflix.

Should the Obamas secure their own series it would given them a platform to reach an audience of almost 118 million Netflix subscribers, the paper said.

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Having shifted its focus to original content, Netflix has scooped awards and helped shake up both the television and film industries with its deep pockets.

It said it expects to spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content for 2018.

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson revealed in a column last week that she carries a plastic Barack Obama doll in her purse as a way to comfort herself in the Donald Trump era.

It wouldn't be the first time Obama has appeared on a big TV show after he previously starred in an episode of NBC programme "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" alongside the adventurer.

Netflix did not respond for a request for comment. The Los Gatos, California, company's stock reached $326.07 in afternoon trading, marking a gain of almost 3 percent.

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