×

Netflix, KondZilla, Losbragas Team for ‘Sintonia’

A crime, music and religion laced coming-of-age story, the scripted show marks the narrative drama series debut of one of the world’s biggest YouTube phenomenons

Netflix, Brazilian YouTube phenomenon KondZilla and Losbragas, one of the highest-flying of young Brazilian production outfits, are teaming for Netflix series “Sintonia.”

Just 29, Konrad Dantas has leapt to fame as KondZilla, a musicvid producer and director who has become the creative powerhouse behind a YouTube channel that has grown into the biggest in Brazil, with over 29 million subscribers. KondZilla Filmes is now the biggest producer of audiovisual music content in Brazil.

Run by actress Alice Braga (“The Queen of the South”), screenwriter-director Felipe Braga (“Latitudes”) and producer Rita Moraes (“Neymar Jr.’s Life Outside the Field”), Losbragas will produce “Sintonia,” marking their second collaboration with Netflix after “Samantha!” a sitcom shown by Felipe Braga due to bow on Netflix in 2018.

Created and to be directed by KondZilla, and conceived by KondZilla, Guilherme Quintrella and Felipe Braga, “Sintonia” is turns on three childhood Sao Paulo favela friends, Nando, Doni and Rita, who take different paths in their late teens, drawn by the sway of the drug trade, funk and religion respectively. Despite their trying to distance themselves from where they grew up, they ultimately realize that the only people who can save them from themselves…is each other, Netflix said in a statement Monday.

 

KondZilla Konrad Dantas
CREDIT: Courtesy of Losbragas

“Sintonia” will also show how the three phenomena – the drug trade, music and religion – are very much connected, Felipe Braga added.

KondZilla’s channel mixes different sub-genres of Brazilian funk, he told Variety from South-By-SouthWest. He developed his style seeking to entertain people with urban music, laced with a sense of humor. That said, the acts he features have a social edge, often reflecting how Brazilians are living, he added. His YouTube channel is “a mix between the situation we’re living right now in Brazil, which is really tense, and new forms of entertainment/consumption in youth culture,” he added.

For KondZilla, “I don’t represent the traditional Brazilian political scenario in Brazil and that means something.”

He went on: “‘Sintonia’ will bring some of the music from the videos. But it’s more about what the music is saying, in a complete storytelling arc.

“KondZilla’s YouTube channel has become part of media. People who couldn’t find a voice in mainstream media have begun to use it as an outlet, which is reflected in his slogan: ‘The favela has won,’” said Felipe Braga.

Losbragas have created a writers’ room departing from the premise of the three very different characters.

“KondZilla comes from the outskirts of Sao Paulo, a city where I was raised. ‘Sintonia’ marks his first fiction series. ”When we met him, 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,” said Alice Braga.

CREDIT: Felipe Braga

More Music

  • Music engineer Ed Cherney is inducted

    Ed Cherney, Grammy-Winning Engineer for Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, Dies at 69

    Ed Cherney, a Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer and engineer who worked with Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Etta James, Willie Nelson and many more, died in Los Angeles on October 22 following a battle with cancer. He was 69. Cherney, who worked out of the iconic Village recording studios [...]

  • Lil Nas XCMA Fest, Nashville, USA

    Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus Is Certified Diamond

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) declared on Tuesday that Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus is diamond certified. Not only is “Old Town Road” the first song of 2019 to gain the recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s history to meet the minimum requirement of 10,000,000 [...]

  • Selena Gomez Releases New Single, Leaves

    Selena Gomez Lets the World In on a Rough Romance With 'Lose You to Love Me' (Watch)

    Ever since she released “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which served as a half-humbled, half-defiant apologia about her relationship with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez has managed to otherwise successfully avoid the subject, at least in song, of the troubled coupling that fascinated so much of the world. Five years later, she’s returned to the [...]

  • Cardi B

    Cardi B Joins Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 9'

    Cardi B has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in an undisclosed role. It’s the rapper’s first movie part since her role as the stripper Diamond in STX’s drama “Hustlers.” Vin Diesel disclosed the casting Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account with a video that showed him and Cardi B [...]

  • Mountaintop

    Film Review: Neil Young's 'Mountaintop'

    If you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall at a Neil Young recording session, his new film “Mountaintop” may put that desire to the test. Or at least it’ll severely try the patience of any unsuspecting dates who get dragged along by Young fanatics to the movie’s one night in North [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content