Left Menu
Development News Edition

Barack, Michelle Obama sign podcast deal with Spotify

ANI | Washington DC | Updated: 07-06-2019 11:58 IST | Created: 07-06-2019 11:55 IST
Barack, Michelle Obama sign podcast deal with Spotify
Image Credit: ANI

Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are the latest to get into the podcast business, under a deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcast. Under the deal between the streaming platform and Higher Ground Productions, the former first couple's production company, the Obamas are set to develop, produce and even lend their voice to a few of the podcasts based on a wide range of topics, reported Variety.

The agreement has been signed with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company that is covering the couple's move into the podcast game. The duo founded Higher Ground last year, saying their goal is to promote new and diverse voices in the entertainment business.

Spotify will distribute the podcasts worldwide to its paid and ad-supported user base. "We've always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation," President Obama said in a statement.

"It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We're excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together," he added. The companies, however, didn't reveal any further details on the upcoming projects that the Obamas may be planning for Spotify, including whether the podcasts will have a political focus.

Apart from this, the couple also has a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce original scripted, unscripted and documentary series and films. Earlier this spring, it was announced that seven initial projects are in development. Higher Ground's Netflix deal includes a non-fiction series based on author Michael Lewis' book titled 'The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy', a look at the transition to Donald Trump's presidency, a film adaptation of author David W Blight's biography 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom' and 'Bloom', a period drama set in the post-WWII fashion world, written and executive produced by Callie Khouri.



Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...


Latest News

U.S. State Dept says IG found U.S. arms sales to Saudi did not break law -official

A final report by State Departments Acting Inspector General found U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeos emergency certification on arms sales to Gulf Arab states including Saudi Arabia were in accordance with the law, a senior department of...

Explosion targets convoy carrying U.S. military equipment near Iraq-Kuwait crossing -sources

An explosion near the Jraischan border crossing at the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border on Monday evening targeted a convoy carrying equipment for U.S. forces, three Iraqi security forces told Reuters. It was not immediately clear if there were any U.S...

1 dead, 6 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing a woman and trapping other people in the wreckage. At least six people were hospitalised as firefighters searched for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters ...

French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a member of a French cleanup team. Som...

Give Feedback