GRAPHIC INDIA RAISES NEW $5 MILLION FINANCING ROUND TO CONTINUE BUILDING INDIA’S SUPERHERO REVOLUTION!

Posted by: at 12/01/2017 06:28:00 am


~ The Company Will Expand Its Stories into Mobile Shows, Live-Action TV/Film & VR ~

Bangalore, India — December 1st , 2017 – Graphic India, one of India’s leading character entertainment companies, announced today it raised a new financing round of US$5 Million, to further its mission of creating original Indian superheroes and character entertainment franchises.

GRAPHIC INDIA RAISES NEW $5 MILLION FINANCING ROUND TO CONTINUE BUILDING INDIA’S SUPERHERO REVOLUTION!


The Company will aggressively begin launching its characters into international markets as well as expand beyond digital comics and animation, into original mobile content, live-action TV/Film and VR/AR.

With superhero, fantasy and sci-fi content dominating the global media landscape, there has never been a better time to bring India’s own unique worldview and storytelling into these genres. Graphic will target India’s 600-million youth under the age of 25, and also the wider global youth audience, who is now more digitally interconnected and appreciative of diversity in content than any previous generation.

Graphic India was founded by Sharad Devarajan and Liquid Comics with lead investors including, CA Media, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group and NYC investment group, Start Media LLC.

The Company has already created content with leading icons from East and West, including Stan Lee, Amitabh Bachchan, Grant Morrison, S.S. Rajamouli, ArkaMediaworks and many more.

The new financing round was led by investors at Liquid Comics with a group of global media and investment leaders participating, including Start Media LLC; Julian Farrior, Co-Founder of Backflip Studios; Mohandas Pai’s 3One4 Capital; Neeraj Bhargava, Founder of Zodius Capital; and others.

“In today’s media landscape, if content is King, then globally appealing multi-platform content is God. Our mission at Graphic India is to create characters and stories that are uniquely Indian, but entertaining and inspiring to audiences around the world,” commented Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder & CEO of Graphic India. “India has the world’s largest youth population and its time it shared an equivalent portion of the annual multi-billion-dollar character entertainment industry. We believe the next JK Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Miyazaki or Stan Lee is here in this country, ready to transform the world with their stories.”

Rajesh Kamat, one of Graphic India’s Founding Board Members who represents, CA Media, added “As the Indian market adds numerous distribution platforms across traditional linear broadcasters and new digital offerings, Graphic India’s groundbreaking quality and premium positioning in the market will offer increased opportunities for the business from these platforms who will need high quality content to differentiate and compete. As they move into live action and virtual reality, Graphic will continue to lead India’s character entertainment industry with multi-platform superhero properties.”

Start Media LLC Founder, Michael Maher added, “In almost every country in the world we have seen multi-billion dollar media companies emerge by building great content to cater to the pop-culture fan. We believe in Graphic’s mission to lead India in this character entertainment renaissance and create new stories and superheroes that will endure for generations in the country and around the world.”   

Since its launch, Graphic India has been a pioneer in developing some of the country’s most groundbreaking superhero and fantasy characters and shows including:

·         Chakra The Invincible, an animated series created by Devarajan and legendary icon, Stan Lee, which launched on Cartoon Network and through Rovios’s ToonsTV platform. Chakra is also currently in development as a Bollywood Film with Phantom Films.

·         Astra Force, an animated superhero series created by Devarajan and legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, which premiered on the Disney Channel;

·         Baahubali: The Lost Legends, produced with S.S. Rajamouli and Arka MediaWorks, an original animated series based on the blockbuster film that launched digitally on Amazon Prime Video and will soon launch on broadcast through Viacom18’s, Colors channel. 

·         18 Days: The Mahabharata, a digital short-form “motion-comic” series, created with best-selling author and pop-culture icon, Grant Morrison, which has received over 7 Million views across YouTube, Facebook and other digital platforms. 

In addition, Graphic has created one of the largest libraries of digital comics and short form content featuring stories and characters such as, Shadow Tiger; Avatarex; Reincarnation Man; Mighty Yeti; Devi; The Sadhu; Ramayan 3392AD; Mistry PI; Dragonfly & The Global Guardians; Shikari Force; HyperTygers and many more.


ABOUT GRAPHIC INDIA

GRAPHIC INDIA is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms.  Led by media entrepreneur Sharad Devarajan, Graphic India is owned by U.S. comic book Company, Liquid Comics, CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG) and Start Media LLC. The Company was founded by Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman and Gotham Chopra. The company’s partners and investors bring together decades of experience in building businesses in character entertainment, media and India. Graphic believes that India is home to some of the most creative talent in the world, with more than 600 million people under the age of 25 and more than 850 million mobile phone users in the country. The Company’s mission is to create enduring stories and heroes that foster the imaginations and fuel the inspirations of a new globalized generation of youth in both India and around the world



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