October 11, 2019
WarnerMedia’s pending subscription video service, HBO Max, has ordered eight episodes each of two unscripted kids competition series, “Karma” and “Craftopia.”
“Karma”will be hosted by Michelle Khare, an extreme lifestyle enthusiast with almost 2 million followers on YouTube, and half-hour series “Craftopia,” hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, a.k.a. LaurDIY, one of YouTube’s top creators with over 21 million followers across all her social platforms.
Both social media personalities are known for inspiring their followers to think creatively and follow their dreams, according to HBO.
“We are giving kids an opportunity to show us their absolute best as they strive for excellence in both challenging and creative situations,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP, original content, HBO Max, said in a statement.
“Karma” takes 16 contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, completely off the grid to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the laws of karma setting the rules.
In “Craftopia,” contestants aged from nine to 15-years-old put their imaginations to work making creations from materials acquired at the studio “store.” Production will begin later this year.
“Kids are so incredibly inventive,” said Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher, executive producers of ‘Craftopia.'” “They look at an empty cardboard box and a paper towel roll and see a pirate ship with a telescope.”
HBO Max launches in early 2020.