In case you needed a reminder, Barack and Michelle Obama, with their Higher Ground Production Company, signed an exclusive multiyear production deal with Netflix in 2018. The couple recently announced their first seven projects, which are heavy on history and documentaries
The list includes fiction and nonfiction programming,TV series, films and documentaries, including a children’s show for preschoolers. Here’s the full slate:
• “American Factory,” a documentary that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described the film, produced by Participant Media and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” The first of their projects, “American Factory” was released in August.
• “Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”
• A film adaptation of “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David W. Blight. Higher Ground did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.
• An adaptation of a New York Times series called “Overlooked,” about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. The obituaries have been published in a recurring feature in the paper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.
• A series based on “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” a book by Michael Lewis.
• “Crip Camp,” a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement.
• “Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents,” a half-hour series for preschoolers that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”