Six-Part Docuseries Based On The Slate Podcast Hosted by Leon Neyfakh
And Produced by Left/Right
To Air In Late 2019
Pasadena, CA – February 10, 2018 – Premium network EPIX® has greenlit Slow Burn, a six-episode docuseries based on the hit podcast of the same name. From Nixon and Watergate to Clinton’s impeachment, host Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters involved in the downfall of a president—flashing back to politically tumultuous times not so far removed from today. Slow Burn, winner of Best Podcast at the first iHeartRadio Podcast Awards, is produced by Slate. The docuseries will be produced in partnership between Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Slate.
Season one of EPIX’s series adaptation will mirror that of the podcast, looking back on the Watergate crisis and exploring its parallels with the present.
“With Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh took a profound and compelling journey through some of the most unforgettable times in political history,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “As huge fans of the podcast, we’re thrilled to work with our partners at Slate, Left/Right and, of course, Leon, to further explore what he so brilliantly brought to the fore.”
Slow Burn is executive produced by Leon Neyfakh, along with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver for Left/Right and Dan Check, Julia Turner and Gabriel Roth for Slate.
Neyfakh started his reporting career at the New York Observer before joining The Boston Globe as the staff writer for the Ideas section covering the world of academia. At Slate, he reported on the criminal justice system and the Justice Department before co-creating Slow Burn with Andrew Parsons. Most recently, Neyfakh launched an independent podcast studio, Prologue Projects, and this spring will launch a new podcast series entitled Fiasco. The first season will focus on the 2000 election, and the second – following later in 2019 – on the Iran-Contra affair. Neyfakh is the author of The Next Next Level, a critically-acclaimed blend of memoir and reporting about choosing between the life of an artist and the stability of a nine-to-five job.
Slate is a daily magazine on the web that offers analysis and commentary in five verticals: news & politics, culture, technology, business, and human interest. Slate’s strong editorial voice and witty take on current events have been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Slate has also been a pioneer in the podcasting world since the launch of the Political Gabfest in 2005 and the Culture Gabfest in 2008. Now, Slate has more than two dozen podcasts in its stable, with hit shows including The Gist, Slow Burn, Trumpcast, Decoder Ring, Hit Parade, Whistlestop, If Then, Lexicon Valley, The Waves, Slate Money, the Gabfests, and many more. Slate is part of The Slate Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company consisting of Slate magazine and Panoply. For more information about Slate, visit www.slate.com.
Over the last dozen years, LEFT/RIGHT has produced hundreds of hours of television in an extraordinarily eclectic mix of genres ranging from hard-hitting documentaries to side-splitting comedies, covering topics from sex to secret societies to stand-up comedy to science fiction to school segregation. Past and present productions include our award-winning television adaptation of the popular public radio show This American Life (Showtime)…to multiple episodes of the award-winning investigative series FRONTLINE (PBS)…to The Circus (Showtime), a fast-turnaround documentary series that pulls back the curtain on American politics, to our upcoming New York Times series The Weekly (FX and Hulu). Our shows have been nominated for over a dozen Emmy® Awards and have won multiple awards, including the Emmy® for Best Nonfiction Series. Left/Right is part of Red Arrow Studios, an international production and distribution company, and is represented by WME Entertainment. For more information, visit www.leftright.tv.
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad line-up of quality original series and documentaries, the latest movie releases and classic film franchises – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. EPIX has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content with series including Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano, spy thrillers Berlin Station and Deep State, docu-series Elvis Goes There with Elvis Mitchell and, premiering later this year, new series Godfather of Harlem starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker, Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred, from DC, Perpetual Grace, LTD. starring Sir Ben Kingsley and docu-series PUNK from John Varvatos and Iggy Pop. Launched in October 2009, EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms.
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