HBO Max Cultivates Innovative Kids Content Ordering "Craftopia" and "Karma" Straight to Series
Competition Series Hosted by Social Media Mavens to Stream on the
Highly Anticipated Direct to Consumer Offering
LOS ANGELES - October 9, 2019 - HBO Max continues to expand its storehouse of exceptional content by ordering 8 episodes each of two unscripted kids competition series, Karma and Craftopia. Karma, an hour-long series, will be hosted by Michelle Khare, an extreme lifestyle enthusiast with almost 2 million followers on YouTube, and Craftopia, a half-hour series, will be hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, one of YouTube's top creators with over 21 million followers across all her social platforms. Both social media gurus are known for inspiring their followers to think creatively and follow their dreams.
"We are giving kids an opportunity to show us their absolute best as they strive for excellence in both challenging and creative situations," said Jennifer O'Connell,
executive vice president, original content, HBO Max. "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, currently in production, takes sixteen 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. This adventure competition series hosted by YouTube sensation Michelle Khare, will test the mental and physical stamina of its young contestants as they unravel how their social actions impact their success in the game. Focus, giving, humility, growth, connection, change and patience are the path to becoming the "Karma Champion." But more importantly, the players learn one of life's most profound lessons: "What you give out, you get back."
Karma is executive produced by JD Roth, Adam Greener and Sara Hansemenn for GoodStory Entertainment with Fred Pichel serving as showrunner and executive producer.
"After over 30 years of making kids television, this partnership with HBO Max has given me the ability to make a show about something important -- Karma," said Roth. "Teaching kids that the energy you put in is the energy you can expect to get back has been transformative. This show is a rare opportunity to entertain while teaching and I'm loving every minute of it!"
Craftopia is an epic kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by Lauren Riihimaki, who was deemed the "millennial Martha Stewart" by Forbes. On
Craftopia, 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio. After racing to fill up their carts with inspiring materials from the studio "store," crafters meet larger-than-life challenges, making the most amazing creations the world has ever seen. Production will begin later this year.
Craftopia is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment.
"Kids are so incredibly inventive. They look at an empty cardboard box and a paper towel roll and see a pirate ship with a telescope." said Bachner and Meagher. "So with Craftopia, we are thrilled to work with HBO Max to see what happens when we give ingenious kids a store full of every material imaginable."
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GoodStory Entertainment is an unscripted production company founded in 2018 by award winning Executive Producers, JD Roth and Adam Greener, in partnership with Entertainment Executive, Scooter Braun and powerhouse management company, SB Projects. GoodStory specializes in unscripted television and documentary film anchored in transformational storytelling that puts humanity at the forefront. Together, JD & Adam have produced thousands of hours of television both domestically and internationally.
About JD Roth
JD Roth is an award-winning producer who co-founded 3 Ball Productions in 2001 and went on to create some of the biggest reality TV franchises to date. Roth is credited with introducing the world to the concept of "transformation television" - programming that celebrates the ability of people to make real changes and improve their lives. Roth brought "weight loss" television to the forefront more than a decade ago with the creation of The Biggest Loser on NBC - now a worldwide, half-billion dollar brand in addition to kids reality competition Endurance, which had 7 seasons with several Emmy nominations. Roth's other hits include NBC's For Love and Money, FOX's Master Chef, Spike TV's Bar Rescue, ABC's Extreme Weight Loss and Discovery's Flying Wild in Alaska.
About B-17 Entertainment
B-17 Entertainment, an Industrial Media company, was founded in 2013 by principals and TV veterans Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher as a full-service production company producing breakthrough content in a variety of genres including comedy, kids, reality and game, and focuses on multi-platform programming with millennial appeal. Based in Los Angeles, the company is a key supplier of live, formatted and interactive programing for TNT/TBS, Quibi, HBO MAX, Facebook Watch, YouTube and Snap to name a few. B-17 Entertainment is currently producing the recently announced Thanks A Million with Jennifer Lopez; Chasing the Cure, the live, interactive medical series currently airing on TNT/TBS; Confetti, the live, daily interactive trivia game show currently on Facebook Watch; and a trio of series for Disney including Ultimate Sleepover and Ruby's Gem featuring Ruby Rose Turner, as well as Do it Duo currently airing on YouTube. Other credits include Help Us Get Married!; Nail the Look on Snapchat; Fright Club; Fashion 5 Ways; Fluffy's Food Adventures featuring Gabriel Iglesias; The WWE Show; and Make Up or Break Up.