Adaptive Studios Announces New Drama-Thriller Series SIMI VALLEY

Adaptive Studios announces new drama-thriller series SIMI VALLEY launching on the blackpills app today, with old-west teen parody TOWNIES slated to launch on January 24th. Both short-form digital series are developed and produced by Adaptive Studios and are the leadoff series for the 2018 slate that will launch on the blackpills mobile platform this month.

SIMI VALLEY, which was announced last summer, stars Darren Barnet (This Is Us, Criminal Minds) as Chase, a high-school senior who isn't satisfied with any of the options society has given him for his future. He takes matters into his own hands by beginning a small drug-courier service and immersing himself in the criminal underbelly of his mundane suburban town. When one of his partners, Mia, gets kidnapped by the local drug-kingpin, Chase must navigate a dangerous ensemble of characters, organizing his most dangerous heist yet in order to make things right. The series also stars Glen Stanton (Chicago Fire), Michael Vlamis (New Girl) and R. Marcos Taylor (Straight Outta Compton, Baby Driver).

The scripted crime-drama series is directed by RJ Collins and written by Stephen Mastrocola. Collins & Mastrocola are represented by Adam Harris Engelhard at Mailroom, Bash Naran at Plattform, and Bennett Sherman at ICM Partners.

TOWNIES, created by writer and comedian Julia Prescott (The Aquabats! Super Show!) and director Matt Enlow (Shitty Boyfriends), is a teen parody with an old west twist. The plot explores what happens in a spaghetti western flick when you pan away from the cowboys. It's not about the sheriffs and the cowboys in black hats battling it out, it's about teens in the throes of puberty. The series swaps shoot-outs for shopping sprees, gunslinging for gossip, and outlaws for pregnancy scares.

TOWNIES stars Natalie Palamides (The Powerpuff Girls) as a girl named "Boy" who dreams of being the first hangwoman executioner. She tangles with a motley cast of characters, including rich boy Abel, played by Alex Vaughan (Senior Cut Day: The Movie); teen heartthrob Jeb, brought to life by Brodie Reed (Viceland); the 'hottest bitch in town' Clementine, played by Audrey Whitby (So Random!), and bad-boy bachelor Colt, played by Sean Sekino (American Vandal).

The series is Executive Produced by Perrin Chiles, TJ Barrack, Marc Joubert, Julia Prescott, Stephen Christensen, and Kate Grady. Matt Enlow serves as co-EP on the project.

Simi Valley Trailer

Townies Trailer

"Both Simi Valley and Townies take a fresh approach on portraying teenagers in unique ways that convey the humor and complexities of young-adulthood. blackpills continues to invest in high-quality programming for their mobile audience -- we look forward to a continued and successful partnership with them," says Adaptive Studios' VP of Production, Kate Grady.

In 2017, blackpills also premiered the Adaptive-produced digital series PINEAPPLE, which was an official selection at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as ICARUS, EVERYONE I LOVE IS DEAD, and ROUNDS.

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