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Hollywood on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade: “Today’s Supreme Court Opinion Will Live in Infamy”

The Obamas, Alyssa Milano, Patricia Arquette and more have spoken out following the Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was made by the court’s conservative majority in a 6-3 vote, with the ruling’s outcome expected to result […]

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Leaves Spotify for Audible Multiyear Deal

The Obamas’ Higher Ground has struck an exclusive, multiyear first-look deal with Audible, marking a major win for the Amazon-owned audio company as it continues on a streak of production deals with high-profile talent in Hollywood. The move to Audible follows Higher Ground’s exit from Spotify, where the production company — founded by Barack and […]

Will Forte to Star in Obamas’ First Netflix Drama Series ‘Bodkin’ (Exclusive)

The Obamas have set their first scripted drama series at Netflix, which has tapped Will Forte to star in the darkly comedic thriller Bodkin. Jez Scharf (Mister Biscuits, The UnDream) created the seven-episode series about a group of podcasters who investigate a missing persons case. Scharf and Alex Metcalf (The Loudest Voice, Sharp Objects, Netflix’s […]

Obamas’ Higher Ground Boards Netflix Thriller ‘Leave the World Behind’

Higher Ground, the production company founded by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, has signed on to Netflix’s adaptation of author Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind, which stars Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali. Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot and Homecoming, wrote and directed the adaptation, which also stars Ethan Hawke and Myha’la Herrold. The […]

Netflix’s ‘Our Great National Parks’: TV Review

This five-episode look at natural preserves from Hawaii to Chile to Kenya to Indonesia features President Barack Obama as an on-camera presenter and ubiquitous narrator.

Questlove on Mistaking Barack Obama for Postmates Driver: “I Had a Belly Laugh”

Since its triumph at Sundance in 2021, Questlove’s documentary Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) has enjoyed success after success. The film was picked up by Searchlight and has gone on to snag wins at the PGAs, BAFTAs and Spirit Awards, among other encomiums. When asked by THR to […]

Former President Obama to Narrate Netflix National Parks Docuseries

Former president Barack Obama is taking on a new role in his post-political career: On-screen TV talent. Obama will host and narrate a docuseries for Netflix called Our Great National Parks about some of the most famous national parks around the world. The series debuts on Netflix April 13, with footage shot in the U.S., […]

Former President Barack Obama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama has tested positive for COVID-19. He revealed the news on Twitter on Sunday, noting that his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, is negative. “I just tested positive for COVID,” he wrote. “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful […]

Gabby Giffords Doc Directors on Finally Landing a Barack Obama Interview

Since 2018, directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West have documented the lives of supreme court justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg (RBG), civil rights activist and author Pauli Murray (My Name Is Pauli Murray) and cookbook author and pioneering television personality Julia Child (Julia). Now, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning duo are out with a new feature about […]

Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Audie Awards Winners

Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Jordan are among the winners for the 2022 Audie Awards, which recognize work in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners on Friday in a virtual ceremony hosted by Kal Penn. The night’s top honor went to Project Hail Mary written by Andy Weir, narrated by Ray Porter, […]

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Finalists for Audio Publisher Awards

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards, which recognize work in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Cynthia Erivo, Dave Grohl, John Lithgow, Jamie Foxx, Outlander star Sam Heughan and Ron, Clint and Bryce Dallas Howard also are among the nominees for the awards. Winners will be revealed […]

‘The Upshaws’ Creator Teams With Obamas for Netflix Scripted Comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with The Upshaws creator Regina Hicks. Hicks has inked a multiyear overall deal with the streaming giant. As part of the pact, Hicks is teaming with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground to develop a scripted comedy about four middle-aged Black women from Houston, Texas, and explore how they navigate […]