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Stitcher announces Rubirosa, a new podcast created and hosted by Christopher Rivas

Stitcher announces Rubirosa, a new podcast created and hosted by Christopher Rivas

Press Release · New York, NY, USA ·

Stitcher, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, today announced Rubirosa, a new documentary podcast created and hosted by actor, author and storyteller Christopher Rivas. Produced by Stitcher’s Witness Docs unit, the ten-episode series, which premieres on July 27, tells the story of Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican diplomat and playboy who may have inspired Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond character. A trailer is available by clicking here.

Imagine instead of James Bond it was… Jaime Bond, Javi Bond, or Bondissimo. In Rubirosa, host Christopher Rivas examines the true story of Porfirio Rubirosa – a diplomat, playboy, international polo champion, race-car driver, and pilot, who spoke five languages and twice became the richest man in the world.

Through uncovering Rubirosa’s story, Rivas, a Dominican-American multi-hyphenate in his own regard, examines how his life may have been different if his childhood hero looked like him. Rubirosa is a story about love, success, family, Hollywood, code-switching, white-washing, and the roller coaster of finding one’s true self in a world not made for Brown folks.

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In a statement, Rivas said: “As a kid, I didn’t have heroes who looked like me in the movies and on TV. They didn’t have my skin, my hair, my nose, my history. So finding out that one of the most successful characters and franchises of all time was based on a Afro-Latino Dominican man was earth shattering to me. This docu-series is me taking back our stories and letting our people shine.”

Rubirosa is created and executive produced by Christopher Rivas, with additional support from Stitcher’s Senior Producer Abigail Keel and producer Kevin Tidmarsh; and executive produced by Workhouse Media, Amelia Baker, Mackenzie Munro and Ari Anderson. Kameel Stanley is the executive producer of Witness Docs. Story editing is by John DeLore. Technical direction is by Casey Holford. Original music for this podcast is composed and performed by Wilson Torres, Yeisson Villamar, and Marcos Varela. The podcast’s theme song is composed by Allison Leyton Brown.

SXM Media, the combined advertising revenue organization of Sirius XM Holdings Inc., has exclusive global ad sales rights for Rubirosa. SXM Media is the gateway for marketers to the #1 U.S. podcast advertising network in reaching weekly podcast listeners, per Edison Research.

The series joins an already impressive lineup of prestigious documentary and narrative projects at Witness Docs, including the critically-acclaimed Unfinished series, the Webby-Award winning Toxic: The Britney Spears Story, and Welcome to Provincetown, which was recently named one of Vulture’s “Best Podcasts of the Year.”

Rubirosa will be available on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms. For more information, visit


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