HBO Max has been working hard to build out its family-friendly and children’s programming ahead of its launch in spring 2020, with the latest set of series orders including two kids competition shows.
The two shows are called Karma and Craftopia, and each will initially have eight episodes on the streaming platform. They are both to be hosted by YouTube stars, with Karma seeing Michelle Khare at the helm and Craftopia featuring Lauren Riihimaki – aka LaurDIY. The two YouTubers have large followings, with Khare’s channel being followed by almost 2 million subscribers and Riikimaki at just over 9 million.
Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original content for HBO Max, said: “We are giving kids an opportunity to show us their absolute best as they strive for excellence in both challenging and creative situations.
“With Michelle and Lauren at the helms, we are aiming to surprise and delight our young viewers. These shows are incredible additions to our growing list of HBO Max kids originals.”
Karma will involve sixteen contestants between the ages of 12 and 15 competing ‘off the grid’ to solve various puzzles and challenges. Social media actions from contestants will influence their success as they progress through the game to become Karma Champion.
Craftopia sees contestants aged 9 to 15 in a race to fill their carts with crafting supplies from the studio’s store in a bid to create the best craft projects possible.
HBO Max has been making several executive hires across the kids and family division, as well as picking up the classic film library from Studio Ghibli and signing a five season deal with Sesame Street, which includes the creation of new original content.
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