Late director Peter Bogdanovich hosts Audacy and Stak’s new podcast

Series is narrated and co-hosted by Bogdanovich’s ex-wife Louise Stratten

A new podcast from the late Peter Bogdanovich, director of Paper Moon, has finally launched two years after his death.

The seven-part podcast series, titled One Handshake Away: Peter Bogdonavich & The Icons of Cinema, features the filmmaker in conversation with other legendary Hollywood directors. The series is an original from audio listening platform Audacy, created in partnership with podcast production company Stak. 

The “love letter to film” started recording two years ago and is one of the last projects that the director worked on before he passed away. As Bogdonavich died before the project was completed, his ex-wife - producer and actor Louise Stratten - filled in as a narrator and co-host while Guillermo del Toro, an Academy Award-winning director known for projects such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, took over as host for the final three episodes. 

“Peter Bogdanovich is the epitome of a Hollywood legend – a master behind the camera and a devoted student of the greats who came before him,” said Audacy executive vice-president of podcasts Jenna Weiss-Berman. “Guided by Louise Stratten, One Handshake Away is a treasure trove of intimate, fascinating conversations with leading directors of our time.”

Each episode features never-before-heard interviews between Bogdonavich and his fellow legendary Hollywood filmmakers including del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, and more, as well as archival audio from interviews he did with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. Bogdanovich is known for directing classic films such as The Last Picture Show and What's Up, Doc?, as well as his acting roles including HBO’s The Sopranos.

Prior to working on One Handshake Away, Bogdanovich’s introduction to the podcasting world came in 2020 when he became the subject of TCM’s The Plot Thickens for the debut season of the TV and film documentary podcast. Throughout the series, Bogdanovich looked back at his life and experience in Hollywood with host Ben Mankiewicz. 

“Peter loved doing the TCM podcast The Plot Thickens - he loved working with Ben Mankiewicz on that,” said Stratten. “It inspired him so much that he wanted to take his old recordings of his interviews of these original directors that mentored and inspired him and started his career.”

“He had the idea to come full circle and share his treasure chest with the current directors that he admired and were friends with to have a conversation about them and to keep these directors that inspired him in the current conversation. Hence 'One Handshake Away’.” 

One Handshake Away launched its first two episodes this week, which feature interviews with del Toro talking about Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino talking about Don Siegal, and is available across all major podcast platforms. 

“It has been a privilege for Stak to have served as co-producer on One Handshake Away,” said Stak COO Luke Moore. “It's a project that has been many years in the making and its ability to straddle multiple generations of filmmakers, all of whom are household names in the industry makes it unique in podcasting."

“For Peter to come to Stak and select us as his podcast company of choice to get One Handshake Away off the ground was a great honour for us, and something we're immensely proud of. We're also delighted to have teamed up with Audacy to see Peter's vision finally realised in what would sadly become one of his final projects.”