Pineapple Street Studios Launches Two Original Documentary Podcast Series, “My Fugitive” and “Stay Away from Matthew MaGill”
Each multi-part docuseries to launch with exclusive binge windows on Audacy
New York, NY (March 31, 2021)—Pineapple Street Studios, an Audacy company, today announced two new original documentary podcasts series—My Fugitive, on which Emmy Award-winning documentarian Nina Gilden Seavey uncovers disturbing secrets hidden away by the FBI for decades that shed new light on one of the most famous cases in American history; and Stay Away from Matthew MaGill, the story of a mysterious man who died alone in the backwoods of Georgia—leaving behind a treasure trove of clues, papers, and remnants of his stranger-than-fiction life of crime, luxury, and scandal—and how reporter Eric Mennel’s five-year journey to uncover the truth led him to question his own path.
Both Pineapple Street Studios original docuseries will be available to binge exclusively on the new Audacy app and Audacy.com on their respective launch dates and will be available on a weekly cadence everywhere else podcasts are available. Audacy, formerly known as Entercom, announced its new name and vision as part of its transformation into a scaled, multi-platform audio content and entertainment leader on Tuesday.
My Fugitive launched on March 30, 2021 with all eight episodes available to binge exclusively on the Audacy app and Audacy.com. Binge the complete series here: My Fugitive on Audacy. Episode One of My Fugitive launched on March 30, 2021 on Apple podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available; new episodes will be available Tuesdays through May 18, 2021. Listen and subscribe here: My Fugitive.
Stay Away from Matthew MaGill will launch on April 13, 2021 with all seven episodes available to binge exclusively on the Audacy app and Audacy.com. Listen to the trailer here: Stay Away from Matthew Magill on Audacy. Episode One of Stay Away from Matthew MaGill will launch on April 13, 2021 on Apple podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available, with new episodes available Tuesdays through June 1, 2021. Listen and subscribe here: Stay Away from Matthew MaGill.
My Fugitive: Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 4, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her father, famed St. Louis civil right attorney Louis Gilden, represented the young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard went on the run and became one of the longest running fugitives in U.S. history. As an adult, Nina picked up the trail. What ever happened to Howard Mechanic? Part memoir, part investigation, My Fugitive is the tangled story of her search for answers—fueled by hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, what she discovered about FBI surveillance and confidential informants around the case—and how this journey shines new light on historical events from the Cold War to COINTELPRO to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Stay Away from Matthew MaGill: When Matthew MaGill died alone in the woods on the Florida-Georgia border, he left behind a box filled with the artifacts of an incredible life: from Broadway in the 1970s, to a 747 hijacking, to the culture of drugs and luxury cars in 1980s Florida. A series of coincidences leads reporter Eric Mennel to the box, sending him on a five-year search to understand the truth about its owner. But as Mennel learns who Matthew MaGill really was, he is confronted with questions about his own life, his own mistakes, and his own family secrets.
“Nina’s stellar investigative skills, coupled with her personal connection to this fascinating story, make ‘My Fugitive’ a potent mix of history, politics, and government secrets; and Eric’s keen observations and deft storytelling skills elevate the compelling, twisted story of Matthew MaGill,’” said Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky, co-founders, Pineapple Street Studios. “As we continue to expand our slate of original content, we’re thrilled to bring these shows to listeners everywhere.”
“Audacy is where the best storytellers and most influential talent in podcasting come to do their best work. We are so proud to partner with the incredible, creative team at Pineapple Street Studios to bring these series to life with exclusive binge windows across Audacy’s digital platform, as we bring even more premium on-demand content and experiences to our listeners,” said JD Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Audacy.
Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and a nearly 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her films can be seen in theaters, on television, and accessed on digital media, and in museum exhibitions across the globe. In 1990, Seavey founded The Documentary Center at The George Washington University. In 2002, she became the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (now AFI Docs). She holds the academic rank of Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs. Seavey’s films have appeared in domestic and international festivals and have won numerous awards, including 5 National Emmy nominations (one statue awarded), the Erik Barnouw Prize for Best Historical Film of the Year, The Golden Hugo, Cine Special Jury Prize, and The Italian National Olympic Cup for Best Sports Film, among many others.
Eric Mennel is an award-winning journalist and audio producer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked for NPR, Gimlet Media, and This American Life, and has contributed to many other programs. He is currently on staff at Pineapple Street Studios, where he produced Ronan Farrow’s award-winning show, The Catch and Kill Podcast. In 2015, Eric co-created the podcast, Criminal.
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About Pineapple Street Studios
Founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky, Pineapple Street Studios, an Audacy company, paved the way for in-depth, diverse storytelling by way of high-quality original and partner podcasts. Pineapple Street Studios creates inventive, award-winning original podcasts: multi-episode narratives, investigative journalism, branded series, and talk shows that routinely debut in the top ten on the Apple Podcasts charts, reach tens of millions of listeners, and have been cited repeatedly on “best-of” lists. Pineapple Street Studios is behind some of the most critically acclaimed shows, including Patrick Radden Keefe’s Wind of Change, Welcome to Your Fantasy, Missing Richard Simmons, Back Issue, The New York Times’ Still Processing, activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s Undistracted, and The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow.