Netflix is working on a new original series with Brazilian YouTube creator KondZilla and Brazilian production house, Losbragas. The series, called Sintonia, will follow three friends growing up in a “favela” (essentially, a poverty-stricken town) just outside of Sao Paulo.
KondZilla, whose real name is Konrad Dantas, created the series, which he will also direct. His background lies in creating and producing electronic music videos, of which there are easily hundreds on his YouTube channel. Dantas has over 29 million subscribers on the video platform, making him one of the most popular YouTube creators in Brazil. Some of the music from his channel, Dantas told Variety, will appear in the Netflix series.
Dantas comes from just outside of Sao Paulo, like Sintonia’s central characters and Alice Braga, an actor who also heads up Losbragas along with Felipe Braga, a director and screenwriter, and producer Rita Moraes. The team previously worked with Netflix on an original series called Samantha!, about a child star from the 1980s, set to debut on the streaming service later this year.
“When we met [Dantas],” said Alice Braga, according to Variety, “we could see an amazing potential to give voice to a young artist, an insider’s point of view on the world where Sintonia is set and on the characters who are coming of age.”
Sintonia’s three main characters, childhood companions Rita, Doni, and Nando, all come from the same favela before they grow up and part ways—one exploring the drug trade, another religion, and the third, funk music (KondZilla’s preferred genre). Besides Dantas, other creators of show include Guilherme Quintrella and Losbragas’s Felipe Braga. There’s no word yet on a premiere date.