Presidential Production: Barack and Michelle Obama Announce New Netflix Slate

As we have briefly talked about in President Obama in class, we haven’t discussed what Mr. and Mrs. Obama are doing post-presidency. Well, as it turns out, they’re going to be producing their own media and partnered with Netflix to make it happen! The production company, Higher Ground Productions, already has released some information on their top projects. The main two projects that are being filmed are “American Factory” and “Bloom”.  “American Factory” is a documentary set in late 2010’s Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire has set his eyes on opening a factory and hiring thousands of workers. “Bloom” is set in the post-World War II New York City, where young women and people of color race to hurdle over societal challenges.

While both shows are set in America, and show the challenges that working class Americans face, both differ from the perspective of societal differences and struggles of the working class. I am interested in seeing at least one of these works and how the production would vary from long time media productions.  As much as this does tie into the class, I simply found it interesting and wanted to bring up to those who were not aware!