Insurrection Media, an independent digital television studio, and Vertical Networks, the mobile content studio, has announced the premiere of “Killer Legends,” a documentary-style show made exclusively for Snapchat. The project, which investigates the story behind the urban legend of Jeff the Killer — a disturbed man with a face scarred by acid, who is said to torment victims from their bedroom closet — is set to go live on Snapchat for 48 hours beginning Tuesday, October 31 at midnight.
The documentary was created by Joshua Zeman (“Cropsey,” “The Station Agent”) and produced in partnership with Skybound Entertainment. Depending on the success of the premiere, this could be the start to an on-going Snapchat series, according to Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, CEO and Founder of Insurrection Media.
“The hope is that we can launch [the series] on a regular basis,” Rensselaer explained to Videoink over a phone call. However, nothing is set in stone yet. The future of “Killer Legends” will depend on the reaction from the Snapchat community. “The goal is that this is just the beginning of an on going set of Snapchat premieres,” he added.
“Killer Legends” is a collaboration with Snapchat, who have been heavily involved with shaping the project to the extent that the whole thing was shot in what is known as 3V (Vertical. Video. Views), a format geared for the platform.
Though the project was made exclusively for the Snapchat, other avenues of distribution haven’t been ruled out.
“Eventually this may be a multi-platform distribution strategy around the ‘Killer legends’ franchise,” Rensselaer explained. “But for now we chose to stick with a partner that was really thrilled with the project in particular and thought it would do well with its audience.”
Founded in 2015, Insurrection Media is headquartered in Beverly Hills with a division in London that is identifying and developing television shows for traditional and streaming networks in Europe. The company has a multiyear SciFi production partnership with “The Walking Dead” creators Robert Kirkman and David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment. Additionally, the company has a strategic relationship with HarperCollins where key books in SciFi, Drama, and Comedy are optioned and developed into digital video and linear television series.