What has considered to be one of the top podcasts of this past year is becoming a television series with some big hitters behind it.
Lore, the Aaron Mahnke-hosted documentary series that attracts more than 2 million listeners to each episode, will soon make its way to Amazon’s streaming video service.
The television side will be led by Gale Ann Hurd, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Hurd, of course, is an executive producer on the popular AMC series The Walking Dead, and has iconic credits going back decades literally to the likes of The Terminator in 1984 and Aliens in 1986.
Silverman and Owens represent the production company behind the unscripted anthology series, Propagate. Silverman really jumped into the public spotlight in 2007 when he took over as co-chair of NBC (and would later be stuck in the middle of the Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno Tonight Show battle).
Amazon released few details about the new series, except to suggest that it would follow a storytelling path similar to the podcast. There, Mahnke – an author of supernatural thrillers – explores the types of creatures and characters we typically only find in horror, relying heavily on eyewitness testimony and other evidence he digs up.
Conrad Riggs, who heads unscripted development at Amazon Originals, released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter confessing he jumped at the chance to work with Hurd and her team to bring Lore to life.
“Lore is a thrilling podcast with a rabid following … the series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget.”
More and more television executives are looking to podcasts for new source material, the trade publication said. Other latest adaptations from the audio realm to video include Serial.
Lore will offer a 10-episode first season in 2017.
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