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A&E, IPC docuseries to uncover the “Secrets of Playboy”

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 ...
August 18, 2021

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.”

IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Matt Shanfield serve as executive producers along with Alexandra Dean who is an executive producer, showrunner and director.

The series is co-directed by Arlene Nelson.

Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson, and Dolores Gavin serve as executive producers for A&E.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.

Photo: A&E/YouTube

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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