Kids round-up: UK remake of Israeli craft show, Nick appoints for pre-school

CBBC remakes Israeli kids craft format
UK children’s channel CBBC has ordered an adaptation of an Israeli format that sees kids creating art and food for parties.

Craft Party is originally from Israel’s Nutz Productions, a subsidiary of Ananey Communications, and will be remade for the BBC by Keshet Productions UK.

Two 10 x 15 minute seasons have been ordered, with the show following a team of children aged between nine and 12 as they prepare parties with themes such as emojis, unicorns and pirates.

The original Israeli show, known as Mesibat Yetzira, was created by Bonit Ben Ami and Shirley Oran and directed by Roy Shalem. It debuted on Nick Jr on Israeli cablenet Hot in 2017.

The UK show was ordered by Cheryl Taylor, BBC Children’s head of content. David Williams, KPUK’s MD of non-scripted, serving as executive producer.

Nick appoints Eryk Casemiro for pre-school

US children’s network Nickelodeon has appointed a former Zodiak Kids Studios exec to oversee its preschool output.

Eryk Casemiro becomes senior VP of preschool and will oversee production and development for the network, working across digital, TV and film platforms.

He joins having been chief creative officer at Banijay Group-owned Zodiak Kids Studios, which he left last year. He took up his new role earlier this week.

Casemiro will be based at Nickelodeon’s LA-based offices and reports to executive VP of animation Ramsey Naito.