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Barack Obama: Studios “Wouldn’t Be Around If It Weren’t for Writers,” Says He’s “Hopeful” About Deal

Former President Barack Obama said he was “hopeful” that writers would get “a fair share of the fruits of their labor” as a result of the ongoing writers strike. During a live-streamed interview with Ira Glass in Washington, D.C., to promote his Netflix docuseries, Working, Obama opened up the conversation by sharing his support for […]

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in May 2023

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first scripted TV series, the Jennifer Lopez-starring action film The Mother and documentaries featuring Anna Nicole Smith and Barack Obama are among the high-profile projects hitting Netflix this month. At the end of May, the streamer is dropping the Schwarzenegger-starring spy comedy FUBAR, in which the former California governor and Top Gun: Maverick’s […]

Newton Minow, Public TV Advocate and Former FCC Chief, Dies at 97

Newton N. Minow, who as Federal Communications Commission chief in the early 1960s famously proclaimed that network television was a “vast wasteland,” died Saturday. He was 97. Minow, who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, died Saturday at home, surrounded by loved ones, said his daughter, Nell Minow. “He wanted to be at […]

Rapper Pras Found Guilty in Campaign-Finance Scheme

A Fugees rapper accused in multimillion-dollar political conspiracies spanning two presidencies was convicted Wednesday after a trial that included testimony ranging from actor Leonardo DiCaprio to former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Prakazrel “Pras” Michel was accused of funneling money from a now-fugitive Malaysian financer through straw donors to Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, then […]

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Taps Vinnie Malhotra to Lead Film, TV Division

Higher Ground, the production company from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, has hired Vinnie Malhotra to lead the company’s film and TV division. Malhotra most recently oversaw documentary, unscripted and scripted programming based on real-life events for Showtime Networks; projects included the Roger Ailes limited series The Loudest Voice, W. Kamau Bell’s We Need […]

Why Barack Obama Dined With Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, the Daniels and More in Brentwood

If you saw a bunch of stars ducking into A.O.C. recently, there was a good reason. President Barack Obama and his Higher Ground production company hosted back-to-back dinners the week of March 13 at the Brentwood hotspot, inviting a slew of Oscar winners, nominees and creative talent, according to multiple sources. Joining Obama and Higher […]

Barack Obama Reveals Favorite Movies, Music and Books of 2022: ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Beyoncé and Michelle Obama’s Memoir Make the Cut

Barack Obama has again shared his picks for the year’s best, including his favorite movies, music and books. “I always look forward to sharing my lists of favorite books, movies, and music with all of you,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing his picks in each medium in three separate posts and asking his followers to […]

Bob Iger Speaks Out About Gun Violence Responsibility On Sandy Hook Anniversary

Former President Barack Obama, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Matthew McConaughey joined together in New York Tuesday to condemn and lift up solutions to the continuing issue of gun violence on the 10th anniversary of the school shooting in Sandy Hook.  Speaking at the Sandy Hook Promise Benefit, a night honoring an organization started by […]

Barack Obama, Trevor Noah Talk Midterm Elections and Why Young People Made All the Difference

Former President Barack Obama stopped by The Daily Show on Thursday to discuss why he believes youth turnout made a huge difference in the midterm elections and how globalization, disinformation and media infrastructure have contributed to democracy weakening around the world. Trevor Noah began his conversation with the former president by asking him two questions: […]

Barack Obama Talks Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Pete Davidson’s Dating Life in New Voting PSA

“For those of you who are just turning 18, and were only 3 or 4 when I was elected, my name’s Barack Obama. I was the 44th president of the United States, and I have the best jump shot in White House history.” So says Obama in the opening of a new get-out-the-vote PSA directed […]

Barack Obama Wins Emmy

Former President Barack Obama won his first Emmy on Saturday, for Netflix docuseries Our Great National Parks. Presenter RuPaul accepted on his behalf, and to enthusiastic applause. He was honored for outstanding narration, for the episode titled “A World of Wonder,” which explores Africa’s beaches, Japan’s islands and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Obama is 2009’s […]

Barack, Michelle Obama Surprise Crowd to Introduce Doc ‘Descendant’ at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Fest

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama surprised the audience during the opening night of the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival to celebrate their documentary Descendant. The couple visited the Friday event to introduce the film that their Higher Ground Productions picked up after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is set […]