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Amazon picks up horror podcast Lore for TV series

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First season to debut in 2017

Hurd/Mahnke/Yost, Amazon Prime Video Presents panel, NYCC 2016
Gale Anne Hurd and Aaron Mahnke of Lore with Graham Yost of Sneaky Pete during the “Amazon Prime Video Presents” panel at New York Comic Con 2016.
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The television series based on Lore, the popular podcast about real-life scary stories, has found a home at Amazon, the company announced today.

Jamie Hector, who stars on the Amazon original series Bosch, made the announcement during the "Amazon Prime Video Presents" panel at New York Comic Con 2016. Hector then introduced two of the main people involved with Lore. Aaron Mahnke, who created the podcast and will also star on the show, joined the panel along with Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead). Hurd will serve as an executive producer alongside Ben Silverman (The Office) and Howard T. Owens (The Biggest Loser).

Lore will be an unscripted series and, much like the podcast, will tell real-life stories of the "frightening, psychologically disturbing and paranormal true events that spawn our modern-day nightmares," said Hurd. The 10-episode first season is set to premiere next year on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Germany and Japan.

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"We’re going to be combining historical mixed-media narration and reenactments to bring those nightmares to life," said Hurd, mentioning topics like werewolves, zombies, vampires, ghosts and even serial killers as fodder for the series. The show will be produced by Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment.

The Lore podcast debuted in March 2015 and currently has 3.2 million monthly listeners. All 36 episodes of the podcast have been recorded, edited and narrated by Mahnke alone.

"They believe that story and entertainment happen across a lot of different mediums," Mahnke said, when asked to discuss what he likes about working with Amazon. "They’re a true multiplatform company."

Mahnke also touched on what he described as a dream come true: Lore’s showrunner is Glen Morgan, who happens to be the writer of Mahnke’s favorite episode of The X-Files, a series that he counts as one of the inspirations for the podcast.

"Lore is a thrilling podcast with a rabid following, and we jumped at the opportunity to work with Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens to develop it into a series for Amazon Prime members," said Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted programming for Amazon Originals, in a statement. "The series will be a truly unnerving and exciting experience that Prime members will not forget."