(January 24, 2018)—Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, together with Cadence13, the leading creator of premium, on-demand audio entertainment, today announced a second season and an additional seven episodes for season one of the critically-acclaimed new podcast series, “What Really Happened?” hosted, written and executive produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Andrew Jenks. Launched in October 2017, the first six episodes of the breakout series re-examined high-profile, epic stories from the lives of six contemporary and historical figures, including Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Britney Spears, Chris Christie, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali. With the outpouring of feedback from listeners and experts on each episode, Jenks further builds on each of the stories with a set of seven “reaction episodes” to be released weekly beginning with the reaction to The Talk/Muhammad Ali launching on January 24, 2018. “What Really Happened?” will also return for a second season later this year exploring brand new subjects and topics.
“Our global audience helped make ‘What Really Happened?’ the #1 podcast on Apple Podcasts and we are excited to be giving them even more episodes from this groundbreaking series,” said Seven Bucks Productions co-founders Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia. “Andrew Jenks’ keen investigation on the many topics we explore in our show has reignited a dialogue and allowed us to deep-dive into new perspectives of stories we thought we knew. We look forward to exploring even further with the reactionary episodes and digging into new anecdotes in season two.”
“We were overwhelmed by the thoughtful responses we received from our very smart and engaged listeners,” said writer, host and co-producer Andrew Jenks. “The feedback and analysis has brought new perspectives, new players and new voices to light, weaving additional, relevant threads not only within each story, but across these rather disparate narratives. In thinking about our first six episodes, I realize our show unintentionally celebrates the history and impact of reporters, journalists, historians, and biographers, highlighting examples of how these professionals don’t just record history, they sometimes make it.”
The first six follow-on reaction episodes pair with each of the notable stories covered in the first half of season one. They include an outstanding roster of special guests who share new insights for each episode coupled with candid feedback from community members and additional thoughts and analysis from Jenks. Just a few of the special guests slated to appear on various reactionary episodes include Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott, New York Times bestselling author and Muhammad Ali biographer Jonathan Eig, Ted Talk host and author of American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption Matt Katz, Washington Post reporter Salvador Rizzo, critically-acclaimed actor Brittany Snow, former paparazzi Daniel Ramosm one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and bestselling author Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Churchill biographer Paul Reid, editor and bestselling author of The Diana Chronicles, Tina Brown, author of Diana: Her True Story Andrew Morton with more to be announced.
“Following an inaugural season, it’s an exceptional achievement for a show to have hit #1 on Apple Podcast charts and to be closing in on 2 million reported downloads with just six episodes,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. “This series resonates with audiences because Andrew Jenks makes a deep and personal connection with each of these stories. His candid, first-hand experiences add authenticity to the narrative and becomes an important part of what makes the show so compelling.”
“What Really Happened?” is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and Brian Gewirtz, as well as Cadence13 and Andrew Jenks. “What Really Happened?” is produced at Cadence13 Studios in New York City with the Cadence13 audio production team. It is available to subscribe and listen to on-demand through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn, among other distribution outlets. To listen and subscribe, please click here.