France's Salto snaps Beta Film's YA horror series "Cryptid"
Beta's young adult series Cryptid continues its European rollout. The Swedish supernatural thriller was acquired by the new streaming service Salto, founded by French public broadcaster France Télévision and the commercial networks TF1 and M6. Produced by Dramacorp for the Nordic Entertainment Group's SVOD service Viaplay, Cryptid was recently also sold to Germany's ProSieben/Discovery platform Joyn. A number of other deals for the series are under negotiation. Cryptid will celebrate its world premiere in competition at this year's Canneseries TV festival in October.
Dramacorp CEO Patrick Nebout (Agent Hamilton, Midnight Sun): "We're thrilled that Salto has acquired Cryptid for France. The show is Dramacorp's first foray into the YA genre, but certainly not the last one. We're currently working on a number of YA projects, and our strategy is to further invest into that niche. There is of course Cryptid, which we hope will get renewed for a second season, but we are also developing a unique French-Swedish co-production YA drama with an ultra-contemporary and compelling theme."
The ten x half hour show is the first ever Nordic YA horror short-format series, also known as Nordic Comics Noir, and is based on a pitch by Sylvain Runberg, author of the graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, written by Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Morgan Jensen and directed by David Berron. Set in a small Swedish town, where a chain of horrific and unexplainable events start to unfold, it follows a group of high school students who have to face their darkest fears in order to overcome a supernatural force feeding chaos. Beta is handling the world sales.