Barack and Michelle Obama have boosted their visibility in Hollywood thanks to a deal between their production company and CAA, the mega-talent agency that represents many of the world’s biggest stars and backs Democratic politicians.
The Obamas’ Higher Ground has signed with the CAA for film and television contracts, although the agency does not represent any of the Obamas as individuals or in any of their other endeavors, according to a report by Deadline.
The deal means Higher Ground will have access not only to CAA’s bargaining power, but also to its stable of celebrities, which includes Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johanssson and filmmaker Steven Spielberg. .
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Higher Ground has primarily produced documentaries in partnership with Netflix, but is branching out into TV shows and movies. As Breitbart News reported, the former first couple made a surprise appearance last month at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival to promote their Netflix documentary, Descending.
CAA leaders have publicly endorsed Barack Obama and Joe Biden for the White House while lending their support to the Black Lives Matter movement. CAA Co-Chair Kevin Huvane is a prominent Democratic promoter, having recently donated $25,000 to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) re-election campaign.
But the CAA has also come under fire following accusations by actresses such as Rose McGowan and Courtney Love that the agency sent actresses to meet Harvey Weinstein while knowing about the mogul’s history of sexual assault and misconduct .
In response, CAA spearheaded the organization Time’s Up, which was supposed to help advocate for women against sexual misconduct in the workplace. But Time’s Up management crumbled last year during the Andrew Cuomo scandal, when it was revealed that a senior Time’s Up official had helped the former New York governor fight a harassment charge sexual.
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