Amazon orders docu-series ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and his three live-in girlfriends (L-R) Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison arrive at the American Cinematheque annual benefit gala in Beverly Hills on October 13, 2006. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

SEATTLE, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Amazon says it has ordered 13 episodes of a new docu-series called “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The program combines archival footage, interviews and cinematic reenactments to tell the story of Playboy magazine’s founder, who is now 90. It will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017.

“Although Hugh Hefner is an iconic figure known worldwide, most people may not be aware of the impact he has had on some of this country’s most important social revolutions,” Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted programming at Amazon Studios, said in a statement.

“We are excited to bring Prime members the untold story of Mr. Hefner’s remarkable life and his contributions to modern American history.”

“It has been a long road in finding the right partners to tell the full story of Playboy as it has unfolded over these past 63 years, and I believe we have found them in the collaborative team of Stephen David Entertainment and Amazon,” added Hefner.

“I’m pleased that this docu-series will shed light on what has been an incredible journey and the voice Playboy has had in the discussion of our ever-changing culture. Just as importantly, my hope is that it will inspire others to pursue their dreams.”


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