GRAPHIC INDIA is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories for the Indian youth market through mobile and digital platforms.
Graphic intends to champion a new creative voice for the Indian youth, a population that is one of the largest and fastest growing demographics in the world, with more than 500 million consumers under the age of 25 and with more than 850 million mobile phone users in the country. Our mission is to create enduring stories and heroes that foster the imaginations and fuel the inspirations of a new globalized generation of youth both in India around the world.
India is home to some of the most creative talent in the world, and we believe that the next Steven Spielberg, Hayao Miyazaki, JK Rowling or Stan Lee exists somewhere in this country – ready to change the world through their stories. At Graphic, we want to help find, nurture and promote these creators, leveraging digital platforms to engage creators and audiences worldwide.
Help spread the word and join the mission by visiting Graphic India and joining us on Facebook and Twitter and discover the hottest new creators and the most groundbreaking stories that India’s premiere creators have to offer.
Graphic India Pte. Ltd. is owned by Liquid Comics LLC and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG). The company’s partners and investors bring together decades of experience in building businesses in character entertainment, media and India.
Co-Founder & CEO
Mr. Sharad Devarajan is a media entrepreneur, creator and producer. He is the Co-Founder & CEO of Liquid Comics / Liquid Studios, a digital entertainment company that uses the medium of graphic novel storytelling to develop original content for various digital platforms, publishing, theatrical live-action films, animation and games. He was previously the Co-Founder, CEO & Publisher of Virgin Comics LLC and Virgin Animation Pvt. Ltd, a set of companies he co-founded, with Sir Richard Branson, authors Deepak Chopra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.
Mr. Devarajan is also a Producer / Executive Producer on a number of theatrical live-action film and television projects in development including the film adaptation of Gamekeeper with director Guy Ritchie; The Leaves with Summit Entertainment; First Family with FremantleMedia Enterprises; Dinner With Deepak with author Deepak Chopra; Virulents with director John Moore; Ramayan 3392AD with Mandalay Entertainment; and Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens, with filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld. In digital entertainment, Mr. Devarajan worked with filmmaker John Woo and Tiger Hill, to produce the animated web series, “John Woo Presents: 7 Brothers,” which premiered on YouTube’s Machinima channel.
Prior to Liquid, Mr. Devarajan was Co-Founder & CEO of Gotham Entertainment Group, which was a leading South Asian youth magazine publisher that launched the Indian publishing activities for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. In 2004, Mr. Devarajan worked with Marvel as the creator of a new reinvention of Spider-Man as an Indian boy growing up in Mumbai, transforming “Peter Parker” into “Pavitr Prabhakar”. Unlike traditional translations of western characters into foreign markets, the new series, “Spider-Man: India” was heralded as one of the industry’s first “trans-creations.”
In 2010, Mr. Devarajan led a project with the Open Hands Initiative, to bring together a group of American and Middle Eastern students with disabilities to work together and create a new superhero that reflected their shared challenges and shared values. The superhero, “Silver Scorpion,” received worldwide acclaim for promoting advocacy for the rights of the disabled in the Middle East. President Bill Clinton honored the students at the Clinton Global Initiative, stating that the comic book “will help to establish trust and understanding between cultures, to empower young people with disabilities.”
For his activities, Mr. Devarajan was featured as CNNfn’s ‘Maverick in The Morning’ and covered in numerous media including The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Fox News and NPR’s Fresh Air. Mr. Devarajan has served as a speaker at various events including, Fortune Magazine’s Global Forum in New Delhi, Duke University’s Fuqua School, FICCI Frames, and Harvard Business School.
He holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MBA from Columbia University where he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School teaching the popular class, Media Marketing and Entrepreneurship, as well as, Transmedia & Transcreation: How Technology and Globalization are Transforming Media.
Co-Founder & Producer
Mr. Chopra is also a Co-Founder of Liquid Comics (formerly Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation) and serves as Graphic’s, “Producer-in-Residence.” He is the author of three books, including the comic book Bulletproof Monk for which he also served along with John Woo as Executive Producer on the feature film produced by MGM Studios (2003). Formerly an award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, Gotham reported from countless warzones and has interviewed a wide range of Global leaders – from President Bush to the Dalai Lama. He also served as researcher and lyrical adviser to Michael Jackson on the multi-platinum albums Dangerous and HIStory.
More recently Gotham was integrally involved in the formation of Current TV, co-founded by former Vice-President Al Gore and launched in 20 million homes in August of 2005. Gotham remains a contributor and key advisor to the network as it continues to re-define and democratize the “television experience.” Gotham is also a partner and founder of the K Lounge, a NYC based bar and lounge that replicates the ancient opium dens of 15th century India.
As a founder and partner in Chopra Media, Gotham oversees a wide range of integrated media initiatives including currently developing a daily TV series for his father, celebrated writer and spiritualist Deepak Chopra. He is also currently producing over half a dozen feature films with personalities including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Nic Cage at the likes of Warner Brothers, New Regency Films, Summit Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and more.
Gotham’s varied experience in journalism, publishing, and entertainment had him identified by Newsweek magazine (March 04) as one of the “most powerful and influential” South Asians worth watching. He lives and dies by box scores related to the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and New England Patriots. You can read his regular blogs at www.intentblog.com which he co-founded and thinks is “pretty awesome.”
Mr. Seetharaman is a Co-Founder of Liquid Comics (formerly Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation) and overseas Liquid’s creative team and operations in India and Asia. At Liquid, Mr. Seetharaman has been principally responsible for recruiting and training a new generation of leading artists and creators from India.
Prior to Liquid, Mr. Seetharaman was Co-Founder & COO of Gotham Entertainment Group, which was a leading South Asian youth magazine publisher that launched the Indian publishing activities for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. Previous experience included positions as SR Vice President & Executive Director of Clarion McCann; National Creative Director of J Walter Thompson India; Regional Creative Director Asia-Pacific for Advertising Associates based in Singapore; Mr. Seetharaman was the founder of Creative Works (P) LTD.
Liquid Comics is a digital entertainment company focused on creating cinematic and mythic graphic novel stories with filmmakers, creators and storytellers. The company was founded by entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of digital graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid Comics has created and is creating original graphic novels with acclaimed filmmakers and talents including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Grant Morrison, Dave Stewart, Marc Guggenheim, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore, Wes Craven, Barry Sonnenfeld and others. The company currently has a number of film and television projects in development based on their properties. For more information: www.LiquidComics.com
THE CHERNIN GROUP
The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG) is a privately held, independent media holding company founded by Peter Chernin and based in Los Angeles, CA. TCG has built, managed, operated, and invested in businesses in the media, entertainment, and technology sectors around the world since 2010. TCG’s assets include Chernin Entertainment, which produces feature films and television programs; a majority stake in Hong Kong-based CA Media, which builds, manages, and operates media, entertainment, and technology businesses across Asia; and several strategic investments in digital media companies including Pandora, Fullscreen, Base79, MiTú, Tumblr, Flipboard, and Scopely. Providence Equity Partners LLC; Qatar Holding LLC; Victor Koo (founder and CEO of Youku) and Chengwei Capital; and other shareholders are strategic partners of and investors in TCG.
Majority-owned by The Chernin Group, CA Media was founded in November 2010 with a mandate to build, manage, and operate media, entertainment, and technology businesses throughout Asia. Based in Hong Kong, CA Media is building a regional footprint primarily focused on India, Indonesia, and China. CA Media has acquired significant stakes and has partnered in the success of Endemol India, a leading television and film production business; Only Much Louder (OML), a music, live events, and youth media company in India; Legend Fighting Championship, a Hong Kong-based mixed martial arts promotion; and most recently Graphic India. CA Media is launching FLUENCE India’s leading ‘online influencer network’ around celebrities and brands. The CEO of CA Media, Paul Aiello, was formerly the CEO of News Corporation’s Star TV Asia. Prior to that, he was the Head of TMT investment banking at Morgan Stanley for the Asia region. The CEO of CA Media India is Rajesh Kamat was formerly COO of Viacom18 Group, CEO of Colors and founded the India operations of Endemol as its Managing Director.