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Epix goes Slow with podcast adaptation

Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974

MGM-backed US cablent Epix has greenlit a docuseries based on hit podcast Slow Burn.

The podcast, produced by Slate, looks into the strange subplots and forgotten characters involved in the downfall of US presidents such as Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

Host Leon Neyfakh will make the transition to television in the six-part series, which is being produced by Red Arrow-owned US prodco Left/Right and will air later this year.

Season one of the adaptation will mirror that of the podcast, looking back on the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon and exploring its parallels with the present.

Slow Burn is executive produced by Neyfakh, along with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver for Left/Right and Dan Check, Julia Turner and Gabriel Roth for Slate.

Journalist Neyfakh started his reporting career at the New York Observer before joining The Boston Globe as a staff writer for its 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 independent podcast studio Prologue Projects, which this spring will launch a new podcast series called Fiasco. The first season will focus on the 2000 US election, and the second – following later in 2019 – on the Iran-Contra affair.


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