Amazon greenlights 'American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story'
Today, Amazon announced its newest original series: American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story. A docuseries about the founder of Playboy, American Playboy tells the story of Hugh Hefner ("and his impact on global culture and history") through everything from archival footage to reenactments.
American Playboy will consist of 13 episodes that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Here are more details from the press release:
Produced by Stephen David Entertainment and Alta Loma Entertainment,American Playboy begins in post-war America and takes us through the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953 and the next six decades of Hefner’s life and career. As he built his empire, Hefner became both a social justice advocate and a target of the conservative movement, battling with the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover while becoming an outspoken defender of civil rights. With unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Playboy archives and Hefner’s personal scrapbooks (which number more than 2,600 and constitute a Guinness World Record), American Playboywill be the Hugh Hefner story in his own words. The 90-year-old Hefner has been deeply involved in the development and production of American Playboy, imbuing the series with rich first-person accounts and never-before-told stories.
The docuseries will premiere in 2017.