NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, together with Cadence13, the leading creator of premium, on-demand audio entertainment, today launched a new podcast series, "What Really Happened?" written, hosted and co-produced by award-winning filmmaker and documentarian, Andrew Jenks. In this new audio series, Jenks applies extensive, groundbreaking research, skills he has honed as a documentary filmmaker, to better understand, dispute, and tell the deeper story behind six real-life narratives from modern history. After six iconic stories are released, they will be followed by six corresponding "reaction episodes" that will include additional insights from eyewitnesses or figures who have never before come forward, playing a crucial role in the exploration of each topic. "What Really Happened?" is available to subscribe and listen to on-demand through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn, among other distribution outlets. To subscribe, please visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/what-really-happened/id1289993673?mt=2
"What Really Happened?" challenges accepted narratives around key events involving legendary figures. With the premise that the "official story" is a rough draft of the truth, Jenks digs into the gaps between perception and reality, examining motives as well as new facts, offering up an unvarnished, intimate perspective that makes these stories outstandingly compelling. The initial six real-life, epic dramas include Muhammad Ali, Chris Christie, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Britney Spears and Winston Churchill. As a follow to each investigation by Jenks, reaction episodes will play a crucial role in the exploration of each topic. While the extensive and groundbreaking research for each episode provides an exhaustive depiction and understanding of events and the subjects involved, the follow up reaction episodes seek and share additional insights, bring new players forward, engage the listening community at large and play an integral role in knowledge that may have otherwise been lost to history.
"What Really Happened?' allows us to explore a method of storytelling we've never touched upon before," said Seven Bucks Productions co-founders and executive producers, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia. "We're removing everything we think we know about these epic tales, and putting fresh eyes and new sources into the mix - taking our audience with us for the ride with every story, every encounter and every investigation we unfold. No conspiracy theories, just facts – and with Jenks at the helm, we've been able to create a remarkable narrative that our Seven Bucks global audience will love."
"I think in order to extract 'What Really Happened?' in every episode, it's necessary to realize the motives—good and bad—behind everyone we cover," said Andrew Jenks. "For each story, I've tracked down previously unknown figures who have had vital roles in each story but have been overlooked, pivotal people who have never before been interviewed. For each episode, I've spent months, and, in one case several years, working to best understand these public figures and historical moments. Based on my experience developing documentaries, living on the rails for weeks on end to understand hobos or living in Japan for months to capture the essence of an ex-pat American coach, what has surprised me about developing this podcast is that equal intensity required to get to uncover the essence of each respective topic or subject. "
"This podcast is not only a fascinating and entertaining ride, it is also grounded in facts," says Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. "Each story dives deep into the real lives of these formidable figures and what was happening in their worlds at the time. The follow-on reaction episodes break new ground, engaging the wider audience to further develop and tell each story together with Jenks."
"What Really Happened?" is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions' Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Brian Gewirtz, as well as Cadence13. Host and award-winning filmmaker, Andrew Jenks is also slated to produce. "What Really Happened?" will be produced at Cadence13 Studios with the Cadence13 audio production team.
About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.
Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount's Baywatch, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Legendary's Skyscraper, New Line's Rampage, Universal's The Janson Directive and Disney's Jungle Cruise. The company also produces original television programming including HBO's "Ballers," Spike TV's "Rock the Troops" and HBO Documentary Films' "Rock and a Hard Place." In 2016, Seven Bucks Productions launched their digital arm, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, which creates premium long and short-form content for digital platforms. In less than one-year, the Seven Bucks Digital Studios channel amassed more than two million subscribers making it one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube.
About Andrew Jenks
Andrew Jenks is an award-winning filmmaker, TV producer, and author who explores people's stories which are oftentimes overlooked or misunderstood. At age 19, Jenks moved into an assisted living facility to capture the true essence of this often forgotten community. What started as a simple, low-budget documentary turned into an international hit, ANDREW JENKS, ROOM 335. At 21-years-old, ESPN Films financed THE ZEN OF BOBBY V., which tracked Bobby Valentine--an American baseball coach who had become a national icon in Japan. The film premiered at the 2008 TriBeca Film Festival. In 2010, Jenks created MTV's WORLD OF JENKS. Jenks was also the face of MTV News' coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election. In 2013, Jenks teamed with Scholastic to publish his book "My Adventures As A Young Filmmaker." In 2014, Jenks directed ESPN's 30/30 short film POSTERIZED, part of ESPN's Emmy Award-Winning series. He also directed the Netflix feature film IT'S NOT OVER, which he shot in India, South Africa, and America, about the global HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2015, CNN Films released his award-winning short film, ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY chronicling an all-deaf high school championship football team. Jenks recently premiered his award-winning feature documentary, dream/killer. He subsequently created and executive produced the documentary series, UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, following Ryan Ferguson's journey in investigating three wrongful conviction cases, that led to the release of Kalvin Michael Smith (wrongfully incarcerated for 20 years). Jenks is the founder of the largest high school film festival in the world, The All-American High School Film Festival, an annual event is held at the AMC Movie Theaters in New York City that provides over $300K in scholarships to students from over 25 countries.
Cadence13 (www.cadence13.com), formerly DGital Media, is the leading creator of premium on-demand audio entertainment in sports, business, tech, politics, comedy and news. The company's growing list of programming partners includes: Crooked Media, Eater, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Fox Sports Digital, Girlboss Media, IMG, Learfield, The MMQB, Mythical Entertainment, Recode, Sports Illustrated, Time Inc., The UFC, Vanity Fair, The Verge, The Vertical, Vox Media, Yahoo Sports, and Yoga Girl, among others. Cadence13 presents some of the most influential voices in sports, comedy, tech, politics, and news, including Sophia Amoruso, Nick Bilton, Rachel Brathen, Albert Breer, David Dobrik, Jon Favreau, Andrew Jenks, Peter Kafka, Peter King, Ezra Klein, Tony Kornheiser, Jon Lovett, James Andrew Miller, Katie Nolan, Jim Norton, Paul Rabil, Rhett and Link, Sherrod Small, Kara Swisher, Tommy Vietor, Adrian Wojnarowski and many more. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.