A&E is delving into the Playboy empire in its documentary event Secrets of Playboy, set to premiere in early 2022.
The series — produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) — examines the world the late Hugh Hefner created, featuring archival footage and interviews with insiders from all facets of the Playboy world.
For nearly six decades, Hefner kept a tight rein on Playboy. Now, four years after his death, insiders, colleagues, executives and employees are ready to share their experiences of life at Playboy.
Interviews include former director of playmate promotions Miki Garcia; past girlfriends of Hefner’s including Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Sondra Theodore; Hefner’s personal valet Stefan Tetenbaum; “bunny mother” PJ Masten; Playboy Mansion West resident Jennifer Saginor; and members of Hefner’s staff and inner circle, including his personal bodyguard and butler.
“The fantasy world of Playboy has been shrouded in secrecy for decades and we are proud to lift the veil on these long-hidden stories,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E, in a statement. “Breaking down barriers and exposing the truth, Secrets of Playboy is a masterful example of brave storytelling that takes an unflinching look at the personal affects of Hugh Hefner’s empire, while also exploring his legacy’s larger influence on our society and modern-day views of sexuality.”
The series is co-directed by Arlene Nelson.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.