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THE ARTS+: Meet The Makers: A World Tour of Original Characters and New Stories


This session features a showcase of original character IP’s from across the world and the makers and developers behind these concepts. From pigs saving the environment to a bestselling and wildly successful “butt detective”, we will look at the path from the initial concept to a fully developed IP. What do you need to consider when creating original IP? How can you find partners to release the IP across platforms? And what inspired our makers to develop characters outside of the mainstream? This session is not to be missed for anyone looking to build out their own characters and producers and platforms looking for new content.

Showcase 1: Oshiri-Tantei – The Japanese “Butt Detective”

Oshiri-Tantei, known as the “Butt Detective”, is a polite and likeable crime fighter who solves mysteries. It is a bestselling kids book series and has been adapted for Netflix.

Showcase 2: Captain Hog & Friends

Captain Hog, developed by transmedia studio Unger & Fiedler, is a unique character and story with a cause. Captain Hog and his friends use their ingenuity to save the world from environmental collapse. The IP is ready to be adapted as a series, audiobook, children’s book, game, and much more.

Showcase 3: Suki: India’s Most Original Comic

Strip Suki is a realistic female protagonist character, who broke the mold and stereotypes of Disney princesses. And she did this in the '70-'80s, which is remarkable considering the awareness on feminism and women rights were still not being spoken off in the mainstream. Meet Manjul Padmanabhan, a woman creating a woman character.