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  • ADAM MCKAY AND THREE UNCANNY FOUR PRODUCTIONS PARTNER TO LAUNCH INVESTIGATIVE PODCAST FOCUSED ON JEFFREY EPSTEIN

 “Broken: Jeffrey Epstein” To Be Hosted by the New Yorker Magazine’s Ariel Levy and Feature Contributions from Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald

NEW YORK – September 4, 2019 – Adam McKay, the Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer, and the team at Three Uncanny Four Productions today announced they are launching a new investigative podcast exploring the case of Jeffrey Epstein titled Broken: Jeffrey Epstein. This is the first series from Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer at Three Uncanny Four Productions who will Executive Produce the podcast with McKay and Kevin Messick along with Julie K. Brown from the Miami Herald, who also will serve as a Special Correspondent.

Hosted by journalist and bestselling author writer Ariel Levy, the podcast will explore what happened before and after Epstein’s most recent arrest, who was involved, and where the victims go from here in the wake of his unexpected death.

Broken will dig deeply into how some of the world’s most powerful politicians and billionaires apparently shared a common interest in trafficking girls, teenagers and young women, and thoughtfully look at how the case reflects our society.

Subscribe to Broken: Jeffrey Epstein wherever you listen to podcasts. The first episode will be available Thursday, September 5, 2019 with subsequent new episodes posting on a weekly basis.

A trailer for the series can be found here, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM

ADAM MCKAY is an Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer. His most recent feature, the subversively comedic Vice, received eight Academy Award, six BAFTA and five Golden Globe nominations. In addition, McKay received DGA and WGA nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. For TV, McKay executive produced and directed the HBO pilot Succession for which he won the 2018 DGA Award for Drama Series. Written by Jesse Armstrong, the critically-acclaimed series, which was recently renewed for a third season, has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, including directing for McKay. In 2015, McKay and Charles Randolph’s film adaptation of The Big Short, Michael Lewis’s New York Times best-seller about the 2007/2008 financial crisis, went on to receive Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and won the 2016 PGA for Best Picture. McKay earned Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, and he and Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, WGA and USC Scripter Awards. McKay’s next directorial project is the upcoming limited series Showtime for HBO, chronicling the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. Initially, McKay made his name in the comedy world. He is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a former head writer of Saturday Night Live. While at SNL, he began a successful collaboration with Will Ferrell that later extended into now classic films including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Step Brothers (2008). He has also written, directed and produced numerous other films, written for TV projects such as Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth, directed and produced on HBO's Eastbound and Down, and produced the Emmy-nominated Drunk History. On Broadway, he directed the Tony-nominated You’re Welcome America.

THREE UNCANNY FOUR PRODUCTIONS was co-founded by Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Davidson is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and a leading broadcaster and podcasting voice who co-founded and co-hosted NPR’s Planet Money and served as a frequent contributor to This American Life.  His co-reporting on the episode “The Giant Pool of Money” for This American Life received the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and Polk Awards and was named one of the top works of journalism of the decade by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. In addition, he has previously worked with Adam McKay as a co-host of Gimlet Media’s Surprisingly Awesome podcast. Mayer, who started her career in radio as a producer across multiple shows at WNYC New York Public Radio including the Fishko Files and On the Media, is a highly accomplished podcast producer. She previously oversaw all podcast production and launched dozens of shows for Panoply Media and also led the first season of production of Revisionist History. Most recently, she was the Executive Producer for Show Development at Stitcher where she developed and produced numerous projects for the company’s comedy-focused Earwolf network and Stitcher label.

ARIEL LEVY joins the project as the host of Broken. A staff writer at The New Yorker for over a decade, Levy received the National Magazine Award in 2013. Previously, she was a contributing editor at New York magazine for twelve years. She is the author of the memoir The Rules do Not Apply; her first book, Female Chauvinist Pigs, and much of her reporting, has been focused on the shifting meaning of gender in American society.

JULIE K. BROWN is an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald. During her 25-year career, she has worked for a number of newspapers as a general assignment reporter, crime and courts reporter, education reporter, night city editor and enterprise editor. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Herald’s investigative team. She won a Polk Award for justice reporting for “Perversion of Justice,” a series about how a federal prosecutor in President Trump’s cabinet helped a wealthy sexual predator avoid a lengthy prison sentence in Florida. In 2014, she won an earlier Polk Award for her 2014 series about abuse and corruption in Florida prisons, which also garnered the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights story of the year. Prior to the Herald, she worked for the Philadelphia Daily News. She is a graduate of Temple University.

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