CBBC commissions Craft Party from Keshet Productions

25 July 2019

CBBC, the BBC channel for children aged six to 12, has commissioned a UK adaptation of Nutz Production’s hit Israeli crafting and DIY format, Craft Party (Mesibat Yetzira), from the UK production arm of Keshet International (KI)

Produced by Keshet Productions (KP), the 20×15’ commission – which will broadcast as two 10×15’ series – features an irrepressible team of 9 to 12 year old crafters who create incredible art and fantastic food ready for an amazingly themed Craft Party.

During each 15 minute adult-free episode, four of the rotating cast of six children – Cara, Curtis, Ethan, Georgia, India and Stanley –show how to rustle up a striking piece of art and a creative serving of food that’s both pleasing on the eye and tasty in the tum at the make table and in the Craft Party kitchen.

Themes for each episode include catchy contemporary interests like slime, emojis, unicorns, and music festivals to eternally popular party flavours like pirates, monsters, space, superheroes or safari. With helpful lists of everything needed, plus clever tips, hacks and factoids and a super clear recap – the audience at home can also make their very own Craft Party in real time.

Hugh Lawton, Commissioning Editor 6-16s BBC, says, Craft Party is an arts show that’s made by kids for kids and you cannot help but be inspired by their no-holds barred, elbow-deep approach to crafting and baking. Their messy and laughter-infused creativity is utterly infectious.”

David Williams, KP’s Managing Director of Non-Scripted, says, “We’ve designed Craft Party to be a fun adult-free zone, that’s easy to follow along with at home, no matter what your ability. Who wouldn’t want to make a realistic emoji poop hat, a spinning glitter ball, farting slime, gingerbread pirates, or a 3D festival stage for singing selfies?”

Orly Atlas-Katz, Ananey Communications Group CEO, adds, Craft Party is one of our sweetest and most enjoyable original formats, causing kids and parents alike to fall in love all over again with arts, crafts and quality time together. We are ecstatic that the BBC fell in love with it too and we look forward to its success overseas.”

Commissioned by BBC Children’s Head of Content, Cheryl Taylor, KP’s David Williams acts as executive producer, with Nick Hutchings (Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic, Art Ninja) as series producer and writer alongside series director Matt Pothecary. Keshet International are distributing the series internationally.

Craft Party is based on the Israeli format Mesibat Yetzira originally created by Bonit Ben Ami and Shirley Oran, directed by Roy Shalem and produced by Nutz Productions, a subsidiary of Ananey Communications Group, and a leading force of content and production in Israel. The program debuted exclusively on Hot Cable Network (Nick Jr.) in August 2017 and instantly became a huge success, including a leading series on VOD and massive viewings on YouTube. The second season was immediately commissioned and released in February 2018, quickly followed by a third and fourth season, which will premiere later this month.

KI has been selling the finished tape and the format for Craft Party , and other titles produced by Nutz Productions, including Spellkeepers, The Greenhouse and Bed and Biscuit, since 2017 when KI established an on-going content partnership with Ananey Communications Group – Israel’s leading kids’ content provider – to bring teens’, tweens’ and kids’ programming to a wider global audience.