'Craftopia': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about HBO Max's children's competition series

'Craftopia': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about HBO Max's children's competition series
Lauren Riihimaki (HBO Max)

HBO Max is focusing on diversifying its slate of children's programming with a kids competition series titled 'Craftopia'. The eight-episode series will be hosted by YouTube star Lauren Riihimaki, who is more popularly known as LaurDIY, who has just under 9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. 

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming kid's competition show. 

Release date

The reality competition premieres on HBO Max on May 27, 2020, the same day that HBO Max launches.



First impressions of 'Craftopia' are interesting The kids crafting competition show will have 9 to 15-year-old contestants race to fill up their carts with crafting materials from the studio "store" in order to make the best craft creations they can with the available items. 


Hosted by social media star Lauren Riihimaki (aka LaurDIY)

Lauren Riihimaki attends the 9th Annual Streamy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Riihimaki, with close to 9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel LaurDIY posts about crafts and everything-DIY. From tutoring videos to vlogs, there is nothing her channel hasn't covered. She won a Shorty Award in the 'House & Home' category at the tenth annual ceremony and a Streamy Award in the 'Lifestyle' category at the Awards' debut ceremony in 2017. 



'Craftopia' is executive produced by Riihimaki along with Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for Industrial Media’s B17 Entertainment






The trailer for 'Craftopia' pretty much explains the model of the competition series. Kids are given a project and then have to choose from a wide range of stationery. The winner is expected to take home $5,000. But the excitement on the kids' faces is not for the big cash prize but at the opportunity to unleash their creativity. 

The idea behind 'Craftopia' is to give children a platform for their creativity. "We are giving kids an opportunity to show us their absolute best as they strive for excellence in both challenging and creative situations," executive vice president of original content for HBO Max Jennifer O’Connell had said. "With 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," she added. 


Where to watch

HBO Max is set to launch on May 27, 2020, and 'Craftopia' is one of the many shows that it will launch on the same day. 

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