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September 20, 2018

Seven Bucks and Cadence13 Announce New Episodes of “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?” Podcast

Seven Bucks Productions, Andrew Jenks Entertainment, and Cadence13 announced September 19th as the Season 2 premiere date for their hit podcast series WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? The series, which reached Number 1 on Apple’s top charts during its previous season, chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical or widely-publicized events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives.

With today’s technology and ever-growing access to information, Jenks takes the listeners on his own rogue investigations, dodging conspiracy theories and often throwing a wrench in the gears of history, getting either closer to the truth or creating more questions. The first part of the Season 2 lineup includes:

  • “The Scandal Match” / Serena Williams
    Episode 1 – September 19, 2018
    What really happened in 2001 when Venus Williams forfeited a semi-final match against her best friend and sister, Serena. Headlines charged her father, Richard Williams, of orchestrating which sister would win.
  • “The Silent Sonic Warfare” / Cuban & US Relations After ‘Sonic Attacks’ at US Embassy
    Episode 2 – September 26, 2018
    What really happened when American diplomats stationed in Cuba were suddenly having severe hearing issues?
  • “Hollywood Pictures a Box Office Flop” / John Carter Movie
    Episode 3 – October 3, 2018
    What really happened with a rising star, an Academy Award winning director, and a massive Disney marketing campaign flopped?
  • “The Lost King” / King John II of France and Lost History
    Episode 4 – October 10, 2018
    What really happened when King John II of France, aka John the Good, abandoned his responsibilities and ended up becoming a prisoner, leaving his own people infuriated when they learned the details of his departure. Why is he missing from the history books?
  • “Citizen Chappelle” / Dave Chappelle
    Episode 5 – October 17, 2018
    What really happened when the most famous comedian in the world just signed a contract for 50 million dollars, started filming the 3rd season of his critically acclaimed show, then had a “meltdown”?
  • “The 27 Club” / Death of Music Superstars at 27 Years Old
    Episode 6 – October 24, 2018
    What really happened when famous musicians Brian Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at 27 years old
  • “The Last (Alcoholic) Shot at Democracy” / Boris Yeltsin
    Episode 7 – October 31, 2018
    What really happened in 1994 when the Secret Service discovered the President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, extremely drunk, wearing only underwear, yelling for a cab, and demanding pizza?
  • “Balloon Boy” / The Balloon Boy Hoax
    Episode 8 – November 7th, 2018
    What really happened in 2009 when a 6-year-old boy was reported stuck in a hot air balloon, 7,000 feet above ground? 

Additional future episode descriptions will be announced at a later date. The season will run into 2019 and will include reaction episodes.

Jenks, a film and television documentarian by trade, first received notoriety through his notable works including MTV’s World of Jenks, HBO’s Room 335 and the ESPN 30 for 30 short Posterized. Now in the podcast world, he has found another form of storytelling. He shared: “What I am drawn to most while working on this project is that we’re not limited to a certain genre of topics. This upcoming season will feature sixteen fresh documentary episodes and then an additional sixteen episodes in which I talk to experts, listeners, and a wide-range of people from all walks of life. It’s by far the most ambitious documentary project I’ve ever been a part of and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

The series is produced by Seven Bucks Productions, a multi-platform production company co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, which pioneers original content across all entertainment verticals. In line with Jenks’ goal of authentic storytelling, they share a passion for creating strong and innovative content.

The first installment premiered last October and during the season, Jenks took a closer look into a range of fascinating subjects including Princess Diana’s death, Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, Michael Jordan’s early retirement and Britney Spears’ infamous 2007 meltdown.

Chris Corcoran, CCO of Cadence13, is looking forward to bringing the podcast back for another round of interesting tales: “Jenks struck a chord last year by taking stories people think they know and turning them on their heads. His choice of topics plus captivating style of storytelling grips listeners and we are excited to hear people’s reactions to the new stories this season.”

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Gewirtz, Andrew Jenks and Cadence13. Shows are available every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts.

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