VIBER AND TALENTHOUSE LAUNCH ‘STICKY FINGERS’,
A CREATIVE PLATFORM TO FIND AND SUPPORT NEW TALENT
The Search is On For a Talented Artist to Create Viber’s Next Big Sticker Character
LONDON, UK – Viber, the leading OTT mobile communications platform, offering free messaging, HD-quality phone and video calls, has partnered with Talenthouse, the ‘world’s creative department’ which provides life changing opportunities for creators to collaborate with brands and icons, to launch ‘Sticky Fingers’ a worldwide talent search to find the next great sticker artist. Viber and Talenthouse are inviting animators, visual artists, illustrators and designers around the world to design a new ‘Sticky Fingers’ character and see their creation made into a Viber sticker.
Stickers are a core part of Viber’s personality and millions of people worldwide use them in conversations every day to express an emotion, a reaction, a statement or simply to share good vibes with their friends and families. The search for the ‘Sticky Fingers’ mascot is the first in a series of creative briefs inviting talented artists to see their designs come to life in collaboration with the Viber Design Studio.
One Selected Artist, as judged by a Viber panel which includes Erez Shocher, Viber’s Creative Director, and Mark Hardy, Viber’s Chief Marketing Officer, will work with and be mentored by Viber Design Studio to turn their ‘Sticky Fingers’ character into a fully developed commercial Sticker Pack. These will be sold on Viber’s Sticker Market and the Selected Artist will receive a share of revenue every time their Sticker Pack is bought. Their work will also be showcased around the world as it will be shared via Viber and Talenthouse’s social media channels. 10 finalists will receive a financial grant to support their creative journeys.
Visual artists, illustrators and designers are invited to submit an original piece of work and have until Wednesday, 15 April at 6pm GMT to upload their artwork here: www.viber.com/StickyFingers/info
Viber Stickers facts:
- 516 million people use Viber globally
- 500 million sticker packs were downloaded last year from Viber’s Sticker Market
- More than 22 billion stickers were sent worldwide last year on Viber
“The Viber community love using stickers and we’re always looking for talented artists to collaborate with,” said Mark Hardy, Viber’s CMO. “The idea behind ‘Sticky Fingers’ is to surface and support the best new talent from across the world by offering them the chance to turn their amazing designs into a commercial production through Viber. Our partnership with Talenthouse will facilitate this by opening doors to the world’s creative communities.”
Maya Bogle, Co-founder of Talenthouse said: “Talenthouse is building a home for creatives around the world to collaborate with brands and icons. Our opportunity with Viber provides creators with a direct route to have their work marketed and sold world-wide.”
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Viber is a pioneering mobile messaging, voice and video service. Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. Users can send free text messages, fun stickers, photos, videos and doodles, share locations anywhere in the world, make free HD-quality calls and communicate with Push-To-Talk. With Viber Out, users can make low-cost calls to any phone number around the world. Viber is available for iPhone®, Android™ phones and tablets, Windows Phone, BlackBerry®, Blackberry® 10, Windows®, Windows 8®, Mac, Linux and Symbian devices over 3G/4G or WiFi connections. With over 516 million unique users in 193 countries, Viber is constantly innovating by introducing new platforms and adding fun new features. Viber is a Rakuten Group company.
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Talenthouse is the world’s creative department – a global community of artists, designers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and fashion designers – and is dedicated to providing creators across the world with opportunities to creatively collaborate with major brands, receive financial compensation and exposure of their work to large audiences. Leading brands and celebrities working with Talenthouse include Spotify, Universal Pictures, adidas, Marriott, Microsoft, Sigur Ros, Avicii, Deadmau5, Rankin, Stevie Nicks and Jessie J. Talenthouse’s board of investors and advisors include Google co-founder Eric Schmidt, MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, actor Gerard Butler and musician Dave Stewart.