All Obama (Higher Ground Productions) movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix soon

The Obamas and their production company Higher Ground Productions will be working on a lot of exclusive Netflix content over the next few years. Here’s a comprehensive look at all of the content published so far and what’s next.

Barack and Michelle Obama both signed a landmark output deal (as part of the newly created Higher Ground Productions) with Netflix in May 2018 to produce films, TV series and documentaries for the streaming service.

The first batch titles were announced in a press release from Netflix in February 2021, but much more has been announced since then.

One title we removed from the list that also applies to Barack Obama is the David Letterman interview on My next guest doesn’t require an introduction and a sequence of Comedians in cars having coffee.

Released Higher Ground Productions titles on Netflix

American factory

Published on Netflix: August 21, 2019

Oscar-winning documentary American factory Higher Ground Productions teamed up with Participant to investigate post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opened a new factory, and how it started and how it’s doing.

Crip Camp: A Revolution with Disabilities

Published on Netflix: March 25, 2020

Crip Camp A Disability Revolution 2020

Directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham, this documentary takes a look at a revolutionary summer camp set up for children with disabilities.

It was an awards magnet, garnering eight wins and 27 other nominations to the widespread critical acclaim.


Published on Netflix: May 6, 2020

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This documentary takes a look at the former first lady’s book tour that took place in 2019. The documentary was directed by Nadia Hallgren and received four Primetime Emmy nominations.

Big Mouth Productions co-produced the documentary with Higher Ground Productions.

Waffles + mochi

Type: TV series
Netflix release date:
March 16, 2021

Waffles Mochi Netflix

With Disney + with The Muppets and HBO Max with Sesame Street, Netflix will be the first real entry into the doll-kids genre, a brand new cooking show starring Michelle Obama alongside two dolls, waffles and mochi.

Upcoming Netflix Originals from The Obamas / Higher Ground Productions

All of these titles are expected to be released “over the next few years,” and Netflix stresses that each is in “different stages of development.”


Type: Movie
Coming to Netflix: 18th of June

Paternity Kevin Hart Netflix

Higher Ground Productions is co-producing this new Kevin Hart film with Sony Pictures.

Directed by Paul Weitz, the film is about a father who, after the shock death of his mother shortly after the birth, wants to raise his little daughter as a single father.

We the people

Type: TV series
Coming to Netflix: 4th of July

we the people of netflix

This animated short series, arriving on Netflix on Independence Day 2021, looks back in US history and offers lessons on the fundamentals of rights and citizenship.

The musicians involved in the project include Janelle Monáe, HER, Adam Lambert and Brandi Carlile.

Kenya Barris, who also works for Netflix through an output deal, is also involved in this musical series.

Ada Twist, scientist

Type: TV series

ada twist scientist series Netflix

Laughing Wild and Wonder Worldwide are partnering with Higher Ground Productions on a pre-school animated series based on the books by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.

Here’s what the series is about:

“Ada Twist, a young scientist who will try to help people through scientific discovery, collaboration and friendship.”

West exit

Type: Movie

Leaving West Netflix

Mohsin Hamid’s novel West exit is to be converted into a feature film in which Left Handed Films is also involved. Riz Ahmed is already associated with the project as both a producer and an actor.

Yann Demange and Morten Tyldum will direct, with Anthony and Joe Russo also serving as producers.

Daughter of the fire-keeper

Type: series

Fire attendant daughter Netflix

Higher Point Productions will convert Angeline Boulley’s novel into a YA series about a local teenager trying to root out corruption in their community.

Mickey Fisher is on board to be the showrunner while Wenonah Wilms will co-write the series.

Great national parks

Type: Documentary series

great national parks netflix

With the mass exodus of Netflix’s BBC and Discovery nature programs, Great national parks will help reinvigorate Netflix’s position in the genre.

The series will fly around the world looking at the different national parks and wildlife areas that are out there, focusing on the species that inhabit them.

Wild Space Productions is also working on the project with James Honeyborne from Blue Planet II also attached.


Type: Movie

Hot on the heels of the Oscar nominees Ma Rainey’s black bottom, George C. Wolfe will direct this film based on gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.


Type: Movie

“Science fiction feature film written by Ola Shokunbi and produced by Kiri Hart and Stephen Feder for Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T Street.”


Type: Movie

Tenzing Netflix movie

This feature film follows the true story of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, who are known for being the first men to climb Mount Everest.

Jennifer Peedom is supposed to direct.

The fifth risk

Type: TV series

Based on the novel by Michael Lewis (who wrote The Big Short), this series will trace the handover between the Obama administration and the Trump administration. Specifically, it is about the “chaos and mismanagement that arose in the energy, agriculture and trade departments”.

The G word with Adam Conover

Type: Documentary series

Adam Conover Netflix G word series

Adam Conover, best known for his TruTV series Adam Ruins Everything, will host a brand new comedy documentary series that explores the inner workings of government (the G-Word).

Fair Point productions are also involved in the documentary series. Jon Cohen, Adam Conover, Tonia Davis, Jon Wolf and Hallie Haglund are producers.

The young woman

Type: Movie

The young woman Netflix movie

Tayarisha Poe, who is on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch List, will direct The young woman.

What you can expect:

“It follows Celestina, 29, on the day of her first wedding. Or not a wedding, but a party. A party where there is movement and Celestina is out of sync. The guests pour in; a storm is approaching. “


Type: Movie
Coming to Netflix:
September 2021

Worth Netflix Movie September 9th 11th

Max Borenstein and Sara Colangelo premiered this film at the Sundance Festival in January 2020 and will be released on Netflix at 9/11 in 2021.

value follows the behind-the-scenes legal battles that took place to aid the victims of 9/11.

The movie stars are Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donovan, Shunori Ramanathan, Talia Balsam and Laura Benanti.

Higher Ground Productions recorded the film for Netflix but was originally produced by MadRiver Productions, Sugar23, Anonymous Content and Riverstone Pictures.

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