Posted Thu Mar 16, 2017 at 08:15 AM PDT
by Steven Cohen
The docuseries about the Playboy founder will start streaming next month.
Amazon has announced a release date for its upcoming original show, 'American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.' The 10-episode documentary series will premiere through Prime Video on April 7. In addition, episode one will be available to stream for free on Playboy.com on April 7 through April 13.
"At a time when civil rights are more in the news than ever, Prime members will be delighted to learn more about the Playboy brand and its contributions in that area," said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. "This series will offer the unprecedented, behind-the-scenes story of Hefner’s life and his fight to protect and advance essential American rights, including free speech."
Produced by the Emmy Award-winning 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 while becoming an outspoken defender of civil rights, freedom of speech, gay rights and, of course, sexual freedom. The series is the result of unprecedented access to thousands of hours of never-before-seen footage from both Hefner’s and the Playboy archives and Hefner’s personal scrapbooks, which number more than 2,900 and constitute a Guinness World Record. 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.
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