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The Obamas’ Higher Ground is Re-teaming With ‘Fatherhood’ Co-producers in Film and TV Event ‘Blackout’ for Netflix

The film & television event will be adapted from six different Black love stories written by six different writers.

The Obamas are ready for their next project at Netflix. Through their production banner Higher Ground, they will produce Blackout, a film and television event, alongside Temple Hill, their collaborators on the recent hit Fatherhood starring Kevin Hart.

The project will be adapted from six different Black love stories and written by six different writers. The writers are Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things), Tiffany D. Jackson (Allegedly), Nic Stone (Dear Martin), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty that Remains) and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything). Blackout comes under Higher Ground’s overall deal with Netflix.

As seen from the perspective of 12 teens with six shots of love, Blackout takes place as a heatwave blankets New York City in darkness and causes an electric chaos. When the lights go out and people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendships transform, and all possibilities take flight. An ex-couple must bury their rivalry and walk the length of Manhattan to make it back to Brooklyn in time to kick off a block party. Two girls search for a lost photograph and find something more. Two boys trapped on the subway come face-to-face with their feelings. A pair of best friends stuck in the NYPL and surrounded by love stories figure out if there’s one in their future. A trio of kids on a senior trip take over a double-decker tour bus as they try to have a little fun…and work out their messy love triangle. Two strangers debate the philosophical nature of identity and wonder if they can find something else between them.

Temple Hill’s production credits include features; Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, Happiest Season, First Man and TV’s The Outsider, Dave and Love, Victor.

Other projects from the Obamas and their Higher Ground team include American Factory, Becoming, Crip Camp, kids-focused entry Ada Twist and We the People. There are several other projects in various stages of development including: Exit West, based on Mohsin Hamid’s critically acclaimed novel; Satellite, a science fiction film written by Ola Shokunbi.

They also have a range of fiction, non-fiction and kids and family content across both series, feature films and podcasts. The Obamas first signed a producing deal with Netflix in May 2018, then an expansive first slate of film and TV projects in April 2019.

UTA brokered the deal on behalf of the authors and Temple Hill.

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