‘Cruel Summer’ Creator Bert V. Royal Exits Freeform Drama

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‘Cruel Summer’ Creator Bert V. Royal Exits Freeform Drama
Bert V. Royal, creator of Freeform’s Cruel Summer, has exited the YA drama.

The Disney-owned youth-skewing network has confirmed that Royal is no longer involved in the Jessica Biel-exec produced show. It’s understood that he left after the pilot with reports suggesting that it came after disagreements with a network exec.

News of Royal’s exit comes less than a month after Freeform handed Cruel Summer a Season 2 renewal.

Created by Royal, Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller that follows two young women: Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance. All signs point to Jeanette’s guilt, but is Kate really who she seems to be? Set over three summers and told through shifting points of view, the series challenges
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