OBB Pictures and Crypt TV have entered into a co-production agreement to develop and produce horror and thriller series for the premium television and digital space together; it was announced today by OBB’s CEO, Michael D. Ratner and Crypt TV CEO, Jack Davis.
Through the strategic partnership, the companies will work together on a number of projects that marry Crypt’s exciting library of horror IP, rabid fan base and vast merchandising channels with OBB’s extensive relationships and experience in developing, producing and selling premium serial content in both the television and digital space.
The first project under the newly formed partnership is Thing in the Apartment, which is currently in advanced development as a long-form series designed for premium or streaming platforms. The hugely popular franchise from the Crypt TV universe centers around three college students suffering from severe sleep disorders who unite to investigate the disappearance of their friend, but come to discover that the creatures from their nightmares are being brought to life and more than just their lives are in danger.
Ratner will serve as an executive producer, alongside OBB’s Scott Ratner Eric D. Cohen and Elias Tanner. Tanner, OBB’s newly appointed Creative & Brand Strategy Executive, played a key role in putting the partnership together and will oversee the relationship on behalf of OBB Pictures, which marks the beginning of OBB’s long-planned expansion into the genre space.
Executive producing from the Crypt TV side is Jack Davis, Darren Brandl and Kate Krantz who will oversee the relationship on behalf of Crypt TV.
Ratner said, “We’re really excited to be diving into a partnership with Jack and the rest of his team at Crypt TV. Their vast library of content and monster IP coupled with their built-in loyal audience makes them the perfect partners for us as we enter the world of scary.”
Davis said, “Crypt is creating the next generation of iconic monsters. Thing in the Apartment thrilled millions of Crypt fans online and was a huge hit as part of Crypt’s screening at Tribeca Film Festival. Michael, Scott, Eric, Elias and the entire team at OBB Pictures truly understand how to create premium, long form TV and digital content and we are very excited to be working with them to grow Thing in the Apartment and more monsters.”
Crypt TV and OBB Pictures are two young and rapidly growing companies at the forefront of the digital revolution who are cut from similar cloth — focused on promoting inventive artists and creating and retaining unique and exciting IP. On November 30th Verizon Media’s go90 will launch season 2 of OBB Pictures critically acclaimed and star-studded scripted comedy series, The 5th Quarter. Additionally OBB Pictures recently completed post-production on their latest series, an untitled project starring Kevin Hart and their documentary, One in a Billion premiered last year on Netflix.
Crypt TV has seen some its best monsters grow rapidly in recent months, especially in October. Crypt character Giggles the Clown was the opening weekend attraction at Knott’s Scary Farm and over 80,000 of her 300,000 Facebook fans used her AR mask, including the hosts of the Today show - https://www.today.com/video/today-anchors-have-fun-with-spooky-facebook-filters-but-haley-joy-wins-halloween-1082731075731. Season 1 of Crypt’s Sunny Family Cult received millions of views per episode and was a top performing Facebook show page - https://www.facebook.com/SunnyFamilyCult/.
ABOUT OBB PICTURES
Founded in 2014 by Michael D. Ratner, OBB Pictures is a multimedia production company specializing in millennial-driven content including comedy, drama, sports, documentary and music. Ratner, alongside his brother and co-founder, Scott Ratner and a team of talented storytellers, produce film, television, music videos, commercials, and digital media, creating projects for partners such as Netflix, ESPN, VICE, Verizon’s go90, Lionsgate & Kevin Hart's LOL, and EPIX, as well as creating content for brands such as Mountain Dew, Lexus and LG. OBB Pictures has earned seven New York Emmy awards for its work and has showcased their content on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2016, OBB Pictures launched its inaugural pilot season, dedicated to providing untapped filmmakers with the opportunity and means to bring their vision to life. OBB Pictures operates in both Beverly Hills, California and New York, New York
ABOUT CRYPT TV
Crypt TV is a scary media company focused on creating the future of monsters on mobile for millennial and Gen Z. Crypt’s monster universe includes Webby award winning short The Birch and Giggles the Clown, who has her own channels with over 300,000 fans and whose Facebook AR mask was featured on the today show. Launched in 2015, Crypt TV was co-founded by CEO Jack Davis and filmmaker Eli Roth with Blumhouse Productions as an investor and key strategic partner. Crypt has over 3.4 million direct social followers. In addition to working with the best up-and-coming filmmakers across the world, Crypt makes engaging original scary video content directly for the top Hollywood studios, including for Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers and long form productions with go90, Fullscreen and more.