Following up on the critical success of their series adaptation of Aaron Mahnke's real-life horror podcast Lore, Ben Silverman's Propagate is looking to bring two more podcasts to series television: Sword and Scale and Up and Vanished. No television or streaming partners have been announced just yet; though Up and Vanished is expected to be marketed to streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.) and Sword and Scale to cable networks.
Silverman spoke exclusively with Variety, and offered information on both projects:
Created by show host Mike Boudet in 2014, Sword and Scale is a real-life crime podcast that's now surpassed the 100th episode milestone:
Sword and Scale is an internet radio show and website covering the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system's response to it. The show and website were launched January 1st, 2014 and feature stories of murder, abduction, rape and even more bizarre forms of crime. It's the purest form of true-crime where nothing is off the table. Everything from 911 calls to court testimony, interviews with victims and sometimes with perpetrators give listeners a 360 degree look at the entire story. Told from the narrator's point of view, Sword and Scale goes beyond the news clips and the sensationalist headlines to give listeners the whole story and deeper insight into the cases it covers than any other medium.
Also in the "true crime" category is Up and Vanished, in which host Payne Lindsey examined the "cold case" of missing high school teacher Tara Grinstead. Over the course of 20+ episodes, the podcast would unearth new evidence that would result in arrests in the case. Lindsey is currently seeking funding for a second season, which would investigate a new case:
Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead, an 11-year-old mystery that is the largest case file in Georgia's history. Follow along as host Payne Lindsey, a documentarian turned amateur investigator, examines old case evidence, re-interviews persons of interest and uncovers new leads; while guiding listeners through his real time investigation. A recent break in the case may have given us more questions than answers, and the main question still remains…
What happened to Tara Grinstead?