AARP today announced the launch of AARP Studios, an award-winning in-house production entity that produces a variety of rich and compelling content for an ever-growing 50-plus population. Led by former Discovery Communications’ digital studios executive producer and director, Jeffrey Eagle, AARP Studios will distribute its viral videos, documentaries, virtual reality content and long-form television specials across multiple platforms including film, television and digital media.
AARP Studios’ inaugural production for 2017 is “Dinner With Don,” starring Don Rickles, a co-production in collaboration with Stamper Lumber Media Group, the production company founded by television and movie producer Robert Bauer (“Waitress,” “Headcase”) former Mark Burnett Production executives C. Scot Cru (“The Apprentice,” “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”) and Patrice Choghi (Televisa, Mark Burnett Productions). The 10 episode series will feature the reigning king of comedy dining with friends and fellow comedians he has inspired over the years. The star-studded guest list features Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Martin Scorsese.
“AARP Studios is all about telling real and relatable stories driven by great characters,” said Eagle. “In creating a show with Don Rickles, we give viewers a seat at the table and the chance to hear decades of great show business stories from one of the most celebrated comedians of all time.”
The series will be shot at some of Rickles’ favorite iconic places to dine around the Los Angeles area such as Craig’s, Dan Tana’s, Madeo, Vincente and The Palm. Every episode of “Dinner With Don” will feature a spirited back and forth between Don and his special dinner guest, archival photographs and footage from Don as well as clips from each guest’s personal and private archives whenever possible.