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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 […]

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., […]

Sundance: Netflix, Obamas’ Higher Ground Land Doc ‘Descendant’

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Sundance documentary Descendant, which tells the story of the last known ship to bring slaves to America. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Netflix-based Higher Ground is set to release the film in partnership with the streamer. The Participant feature from director Margaret Brown screened in the U.S. […]

‘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 […]

Colman Domingo to Star in Bayard Rustin Biopic, the First Narrative Feature From Obamas’ Higher Ground (Exclusive)

Colman Domingo will star in Rustin, the biopic centered on influential civil rights and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin that Michelle and Barack Obama’s banner, Higher Ground, is producing. Chris Rock, Glynn Turman and Audra McDonald are also starring in the Netflix drama, which is being directed by George C. Wolfe, whose last film was […]

Obamas’ Higher Ground Unveils Key Exec Team as Film/TV Co-Chief Steps Down

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Oscar-winning label Higher Ground has made additions to its executive team with key appointments across business development and audio along with film and television, in addition to one prominent exit. Higher Ground’s first hire, co-head of film and television Priya Swaminathan, will step down from her role at the […]

Obamas Readying Film and TV Event ‘Blackout’ for Netflix

The Obamas’ Higher Ground and Fatherhood producers Temple Hill are reteaming for a new project at Netflix. The companies are developing Blackout, a film and TV “event” that is being adapted from six different love stories, each penned by a different writer. The project, Netflix notes, is being developed concurrently as a TV series and […]

Norbert Leo Butz Signs With APA (Exclusive)

The film, TV and Broadway star appears in NBC's 'Debris' series.

THR Awards Analyst Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2011

Feinberg's personal favorites include a black-and-white silent, an old-school epic, an NC-17 character study, a Spanish-language thriller, and an unscripted love story.

5 of Hollywood’s Female Directors to Know

Vera Farmiga, Dee Rees and three other top women directing in the industry on why studios so often exclude women, the wider range of stories they love, and how it feels to find success.

New Movie Reviews: ‘Colombiana,’ ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,’ ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Hitting Theaters

What is THR's critical take on the new films hitting the cinemas Friday?