Barack and Michelle Obama have been named for the first time among Hollywood’s most powerful people in the annual 100 list published by The Hollywood Reporter.
The former first couple was listed alongside such entertainment titans (and friends) as Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Netflix honchos Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos.
The Obama’s signed a lucrative deal with Netflix last year to create and distribute documentaries and other content between the streamer and the couple’s production company, Higher Ground. The documentary American Factory — about a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio — debuted on Netflix in August, and was recently nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award...
“Who wouldn’t take their call?” the Reporter said in its ranking of the Obamas, citing the Netflix partnership and a series of podcasts under a new deal with Spotify.