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New HBO show filmed at Shaver Lake set to debut

A new HBO outdoor adventure competition show that was filmed in Fresno County is set for a streaming debut.

HBO’s streaming service HBO Max will debut airing “Karma” on Thursday.

Karma was filmed in the Shaver Lake area and pits 16 contestants aged 12-15 against each other in mental and physical competitions.

The show was filmed over six weeks in July and August 2019 and had about a $1 million economic impact from direct spending in Fresno County, the county said in a statement.

HBO also hired several local individuals to help produce the show.

Production company GoodStory Entertainment ran the show and brought over 100 cast and crew members to Fresno County.

Executive producer JD Roth filmed the series “Endurance” at Shaver Lake in 2006.

“Having the opportunity to act like a local in such a great little town was such a luxury,” said Roth in a statement. “From the monkey bread, to the Trading Post where my requests for vegan food were met with a smile, I always felt at home and at ease in a community full of people who love to be on the water with family and friends all summer long. I felt lucky to be taken in and treated so well while away from home.”

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.