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

The show draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner’s personal archives.

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While you may not have access to go inside the famous Playboy Mansion, Amazon will take you on a tour of Hugh Hefner’s playmate-filled palace in a new docuseries, “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.”

The 13-episode TV event will draw from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner’s personal archives, chronicling the life of the American icon and the history of the brand he created. Everything you ever wanted to know and see about the life of this playboy will be made available via Amazon’s original series.

“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,” said Hefner in a statement. “I’m pleased that this docuseries 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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“The Hugh Hefner Story” will be produced by Stephen David Entertainment and Alta Loma Entertainment and executive produced by Stephen David, Peter Jaysen and Dick Rosenzweig. Co-executiving will be Shirley Escott and Tim Kelly.

“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,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to bring Prime members the untold story of Mr. Hefner’s remarkable life and his contributions to modern American history.”

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The docuseries will also touch on topics such as Hefner’s support for  social justice and First Amendment rights, particularly the fight to legalize same-sex marriage and the pro-choice movement.

It’ll take a while to go through all the hours of footage that have been stored for decades, so sit tight. “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story” will be released in 2017 on Amazon Prime.

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