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Hugh Hefner: ‘American Playboy’ Producer Reveals 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Icon

7 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hugh Hefner has amassed 2,900 personal scrapbooks over the years – which not only constitutes a Guinness World Record, but helped form much of the basis for Amazon Prime’s new docu-series “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The 10-part series also combs through thousands of hours of footage from Hefner’s and Playboy’s archives to tell the story of the entrepreneur, starting with the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953. From there, “American Playboy” shines a particular light on Hefner’s advocacy for civil rights, gay rights, freedom of speech and sexual freedom.

Read More: ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’ Announced: Amazon Unveils Docuseries Chronicling The Millionaire’s Empire

Among the interviewees on “American Playboy”: Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher. The series also includes reenactments of pivotal moments in Hefner’s life.

Stephen David Entertainment (“The Men Who Built America,” “The Making of the Mob”) produced “American Playboy, »

- Michael Schneider

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Hugh Hefner: ‘American Playboy’ Producer Reveals 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Icon

7 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hugh Hefner has amassed 2,900 personal scrapbooks over the years – which not only constitutes a Guinness World Record, but helped form much of the basis for Amazon Prime’s new docu-series “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The 10-part series also combs through thousands of hours of footage from Hefner’s and Playboy’s archives to tell the story of the entrepreneur, starting with the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953. From there, “American Playboy” shines a particular light on Hefner’s advocacy for civil rights, gay rights, freedom of speech and sexual freedom.

Read More: ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’ Announced: Amazon Unveils Docuseries Chronicling The Millionaire’s Empire

Among the interviewees on “American Playboy”: Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher. The series also includes reenactments of pivotal moments in Hefner’s life.

Stephen David Entertainment (“The Men Who Built America,” “The Making of the Mob”) produced “American Playboy, »

- Michael Schneider

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Russell Simmons lines up hip-hop documentary

13 March 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Music mogul will serve as executive producer on The Definitive History Of Hip Hop through his All Def Digital alongside Stephen David Entertainment (Sde).

Russell Simmons and Stephen David have struck a partnership with global content investment and rights management company GroupM Entertainment (Gme) and production is set to begin this year. 

The Definitive History Of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s and chronicles the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City. 

What began as a way for marginalised youth in New York City to deal with the stark realities of the inner city spread rapidly from the East Coast to the West Coast and evolved into a multi-billion dollar global industry and cultural force.

“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fuelled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” Simmons said.

”The Definitive History Of Hip Hop is the »

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