President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement to produce various series, film, and documentaries for Netflix, reports Politico.
While the former president has said that the couple's intent is not to criticize the Trump administration or social conservatives, reality is that Netflix's almost 120 million global subscribers give the Obamas a significant platform for influence on key issues that matter to them -- like health care, immigration and nutrition.
“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Interview Magazine, the iconic arts and culture publication, is folding, handwriting that was on the wall a few months ago, when Interview abandoned its offices in a landlord-tenant dispute over unpaid rent, followed by a lawsuit filed in early May by Fabien Baron, Interview's former editorial director. Ezra Marcus, an associate editor at the magazine, said by email with the New York Times on Monday, that the staff was notified earlier in the morning that Interview, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, was closing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Interview was purchased by Brant Publications in 1989, two years after Andy Warhol died. Billionaire Peter M. Brant is a contemporary art collector married to former top model and Victoria's Secret pre-Angels muse Stephanie Seymour.
The May 2 lawsuit filed against Interview by former editorial director Fabien Baron and his wife, stylist Ludivine Poiblanc, cited more than $600,000 in unpaid invoices. Baron -- the former creative director of Calvin Klein and now head of ad agency Baron & Baron -- resigned after nearly 10 years as editorial director. Sources say that Karl Templer, who left his position as Interview’s creative director, was owed at least $280,000. Templer was also mentioned in the Boston Globe's winter expose on sexual harassment of models.