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Actor Michael Keaton in Hollywood in 2019. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions company has picked up a film starring Michael Keaton about the push for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund that will screen on Netflix, the streaming giant announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Since the former president and first lady signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, Higher Ground Productions has produced a raft of TV shows and won an Oscar for best documentary last year.

  • Their latest movie, "Worth," is based on a memoir written by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg about his work as a lawyer appointed special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  • He's "tasked by Congress to allocate financial compensation to the victims of the tragedy — to calculate incalculable loss in the face of cynicism, bureaucracy, and the politics of division," per a Netflix statement.

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Content from abroad is boosting its share of the American entertainment diet, thanks in large part to streaming, the pandemic and the creator economy.

Why it matters:  "As 'American exceptionalism' has become less of a truth geopolitically, the same goes for entertainment," says Brad Grossman, founder and CEO of ZEITGUIDE.

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Driving the news: Comments Tuesday from Fed governor Lael Brainard suggest the Fed may be jumping onboard the global monetary policy rethink and restarting a program used following the 2008 global financial crisis.