Amazon Sets April 7 Premiere Date for Hugh Hefner Docuseries

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Playboy editor and tycoon Hugh Hefner is greeted by a group of bunny girls from his Playboy Clubs, upon his arrival at London Airport.

Amazon says its original docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story will premiere on April 7.

The 10-part program "tells the story of Playboy magazine's charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, who set out to disrupt the status quo and created one of the most recognizable brands in history," a press release noted. "The docuseries combines archival footage, pulling from thousands of hours from Hefner's personal archives; interviews with notable figures including Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher; and cinematic re-enactments."

'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner Gets the Docuseries Treatment in Amazon's 'American Playboy'

'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner Gets the Docuseries Treatment in Amazon's 'American Playboy'

Interviews with Bill Maher, James Caan and Carmen Electra fuel the new docuseries 'American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story'.

"At a time when civil rights are more in the news than ever, [Amazon] Prime members will be delighted to learn more about the Playboy brand and its contributions in that area," Amazon's Conrad Riggs said in a statement. "This series will offer the unprecedented, behind-the-scenes story of Hefner's life and his fight to protect and advance essential American rights, including free speech."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.