The Obamas’ Production Company Is Producing an Anthology Series for Netflix About Love During a Blackout

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Higher Ground, the production company founded by former First Family Barack and Michelle Obama, is producing a six-part anthology series for Netflix. The project, titled Blackout, will feature six stories of black teenagers finding love during a power outage in New York City. While all six parts will connect through the overarching theme, each will be penned by a different writer, and the project is currently being developed both as a television and film project.

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“When the lights go out and people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendships transform, and all possibilities take flight,” Netflix said of the series.

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The series has already found its six writers, including Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon — all known for their experience writing young adult and teen stories. (Clayton co-wrote the Tiny Pretty Things duology recently adapted for Netflix, while Thomas is the author of the critically acclaimed The Hate U Give.) Not all of the stories included in the anthology have been given summaries yet, but among them include the tales of “two boys trapped on the subway come face-to-face with their feelings” and “a pair of best friends stuck in the New York Public Library and surrounded by love stories figure out if there’s one in their future.”

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Higher Ground, founded in 2018, has a number of productions under its belt, including the documentary American Factory — for which the company won an Academy Award in 2020 — and a series of Spotify-exclusive podcasts. They currently have several projects in production alongside Blackout, including an adaptation of Fredrick Douglass’s biography, a drama series set in the fashion scene of post-WWII New York City, and a half-hour children’s preschool series titled Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents.

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No projected release date has been given for Blackout, though it will reunite Higher Ground with Temple Hill, the production team behind the Kevin Hart-led Netflix film Fatherhood. No news has been announced on casting.

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