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A&E sets docuseries event “Secrets of Playboy” for January

A&E will debut its new documentary series event Secrets of Playboy on January 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the network as well as on demand and via the A&E ...
December 7, 2021

A&E will debut its new documentary series event Secrets of Playboy on January 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the network as well as on demand and via the A&E app.

The previously announced, 10-hour series explores the reality behind the fable and philosophy of the Playboy empire through a modern lens. Four years after founder Hugh Hefner’s death, insiders, colleagues, executives, Playmates and employees from across the brand share their stories of what life in the Playboy world was like.

Secrets of Playboy delves into the world Hefner created and examines its consequences on our culture’s view of power and sexuality.

Directed by Alexandra Dean (This is Paris, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story), the series unravels the mythology behind the Playboy empire created over several decades, incorporating the sexual revolution and expanding freedom of sexual expression in the ’60s and ’70s. But within a world that purported to celebrate women was, according to those featured in the docuseries, a more sinister reality.

Secrets of Playboy features archival footage and interviews including former director of Playmate promotions Miki Garcia; Hefner’s former girlfriends including Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Sondra Theodore; and members of Hefner’s staff and inner circle including executive assistant Lisa Loving Barrett, butler Mitch Rosen, and personal valet Stefan Tetenbaum.

Secrets of Playboy is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) for A&E Network. IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Matt Shanfield, and Erin Gamble serve as executive producers along with Dean, who is the series director and showrunner. The series is co-directed by Arlene Nelson. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson, and Dolores Gavin serve as executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks retains worldwide distribution rights.

Here’s a clip from Secrets of Playboy:

Photo: A&E/YouTube

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