Higher Ground, the production entity led by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the former first woman, has signed an unique, multiyear production deal with Audible, the audio arm of Amazon, simply two months after an analogous settlement with Spotify ended.
Though Higher Ground and Audible didn’t share any particular particulars about the reveals they intention to create collectively, they mentioned in a joint assertion on Tuesday that they deliberate to “tell meaningful and entertaining stories that elevate diverse voices and experiences.”
“Together, we will keep striving to tell compelling, provocative, and soulful stories — while doing everything we can to make sure they reach the folks who need to hear them,” Mrs. Obama mentioned in an announcement.
Higher Ground developed and aired 5 reveals throughout its three-year deal with Spotify, together with “Renegades: Born in the USA,” which featured a sequence of conversations between Mr. Obama and Bruce Springsteen, and “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” These reveals will stay on the Spotify platform however are additionally accessible on all different podcast platforms, together with Audible.
Three extra Higher Ground podcasts will nonetheless be launched on Spotify, together with “The Sum of Us” podcast sequence, primarily based on Heather McGhee’s e book “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” which can debut in July, and the remaining two chapters of “The Big Hit Show,” a sequence of audio documentaries hosted by Alex Pappademas that concentrate on items of serious moments in well-liked tradition.
“We are thrilled to welcome two of the most profound voices of moral and intellectual leadership of our times into the Audible fold, and to be able to elevate President and Mrs. Obama’s singular ability to provide hope and uplifting guidance — needed now more than ever — through their voices,” Audible’s founder, Don Katz, mentioned in an announcement.