In The Valley220

“Before there were sex tapes, there were sex tapes. Before there was Paris or Kim, there was Traci. The first, the best, the O.G. Hardcore since ’84.” That is how C13Originals – the documentary studio division of the Entercom-owned podcast company Cadence13 – describes its forthcoming podcast Once Upon a Time in the Valley. In what may not be an at-work show for most, the series that C13 describes as “the real-life mystery and porno-noir podcast series” tells the story of 80s porn princess Traci Lords.

The series, created and written by Vanity Fair magazine contributing editor Lili Anolik and featuring Ashley West, tells the story of how it turned out that the biggest star in adult films was, legally speaking, just a child. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door, Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who had entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. 

“Lili’s instincts for storytelling, and her brilliant writing style are on full display in this franchise,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer at Cadence13. “The launch of Once Upon a Time in the Valley marks the continued expansion of the C13Originals slate, and the boundary-pushing, and thrilling ways we can tell compelling cultural stories with the best storytellers.”

Once Upon a Time in the Valley debuts with the release of its first three episodes on July 14; new episodes will drop every Tuesday throughout the series. C13 notes the podcast contains adult language and storylines, which may not not be suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

“It’s the story I’ve wanted to tell more than any other,” said Anolik. “Just imagine Boogie Nights, if Boogie Nights had a three-way with Gone Girl and A Star Is Born—and it let Gone Girl be on top.” 

The podcast was created and written by Anolik in collaboration with C13Originals. The series is Executive Produced by Corcoran and Anolik and produced by West, who served as a consultant on HBO’s “The Deuce” and the creator of The Rialto Report, a web and podcast channel that documents the Golden Age of Porn – which ran from 1969 to 1984, he says. The podcast is directed by Zak Levitt; edited and mastered by Chris Basil, Bill Shultz, Perry Crowell, and Ian Mand. The theme music and original score was created by Joel Goodman.