Entertainment11 January 2021
Fresh off of having Netflix’s #1 comedy special of 2020, Kevin Hart, the multi-hyphenate actor, producer, writer and comedian, and his HartBeat Production banner have a new creative home for films at Netflix.
Netflix will be the exclusive home for four feature films starring and produced by comedic rockstar Kevin Hart, whose movies have grossed more than $4 billion at the global box office.
Under the multi-year agreement, Hart will also have a first look film deal for his HartBeat Productions banner
Kevin Hart Quote: “Partnering with Netflix is an amazing opportunity for HartBeat and myself. I am excited to act in and produce cutting edge films with Netflix. I am extremely grateful to Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, we share the same creative vision and always put the audience first. This business is about growth and my HartBeat team continues to exceed my expectations with their ability to develop stories and relationships. Our goal is to make the HartBeat name synonymous with first class entertainment and narratives.”
Scott Stuber Quote: “Netflix has enjoyed a long relationship with Kevin and we've been lucky enough to partner with him many times. He’s a hands-on producer and it’s been great to watch him build an incredible company with HartBeat. There are very few artists who can attract audiences of all ages and succeed in making comedies, dramas and family films. We’re excited to partner with Kevin, and his great team at Hartbeat, to entertain our audience for years to come.”
Bryan Smiley Quote: "I am beyond thrilled about this exciting new chapter in our company's history. Kevin and I are committed to making 'best in class" films with our new partners at Netflix. This groundbreaking deal guarantees HartBeat productions will be viewed by millions of people globally, for many years to come"
Hart is slated to star in and executive produce the recently-announced Netflix scripted limited series True Story, produced by HartBeat Productions and Eric Newman (Narcos and Narcos: Mexico), marking Hart’s first dramatic series debut.
Hart's latest stand-up special Zero F*cks Given was the #1 Netflix comedy special of 2020. More than 21 million accounts chose to watch in the first four weeks after it premiered.
Hart was also featured in the 2019 biographical docuseries Kevin Hart: Don't F*ck This Up.
HartBeat’s first film was 2018’s Night School which opened No. 1 at the domestic box office and made over $100 million worldwide
ABOUT HARTBEAT PRODUCTIONS
Founded by Kevin Hart, HartBeat Productions is multi-platform production company creating unique content for worldwide audiences. With a focus in Feature Films, Television and Digital Content, HartBeat aims to provide content from culturally diverse storytellers that resonate on a global scale. Hartbeat produced Kevin Hart’s recent standup special ““Zero F**ks Given” which was Netflix’s most watched comedy special in 2020 with over 20 million views. HartBeat’s first feature film Night School had the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy in 2018. Other projects include “Dave,” which was FXX’s most watched comedy ever and has been picked up for a second season. Other credits include London Hughes comedy special “Catch a D*ck”, “Celebrity Game Face” on E!, "The Next Level" and "Hart of the City" on Comedy Central. HartBeat currently has numerous Film and Television projects in various stages of development.
ABOUT KEVIN HART
Headshot - Please download, Photo credit: Kevin Kwan
Emmy nominated producer, Kevin Hart was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he launched his career as a comedian during an amateur night at a local comedy club. Over the years Hart has become Hollywood’s box office powerhouse, opening ten films at number one at the box office with $4.23 Billion revenue at the global box office. Hart can most recently be seen on his newest stand-up special, “Zero Fu**ks Given” which quickly became Netflix's biggest stand-up special of 2020. Earlier this year, Hart starred in Quibi’s “Die Hart,” the first production of its kind created through his digital network, Laugh Out Loud, and Executive Produced through his production company, HartBeat Productions. He recently wrapped production filming Sony’s action-comedy, The Man From Toronto, which he is starring in alongside Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco, slated to release on September 17, 2021. Earlier in 2020, Hart wrapped production on his new film, Fatherhood, a movie which he is starring in and also producing through his HartBeat Productions. Based on the best-selling book, Two Kisses for Maddy, Fatherhood tells the story of a single dad navigating parenthood after his wife unexpectedly dies a day after giving birth and is slated to release April 16, 2021. In December 2019, Hart’s Emmy nominated Docu-series, “Don’t F**k This Up,” was released on Netflix. The intimate and honest 6-part series follows Hart’s life over the previous year, giving viewers an inside look to the events that shaped his life. Hart was most recently seen in theatres as he returned to the world of Jumanji alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Karen Gillian and Awkwafina in the sequel to Sony’s highly successful reboot of the beloved Jumanji franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level, which crossed $800 million in global revenue. Earlier in 2019, Hart reprised his role as the white-haired rabbit, “Snowball,” in Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 which hit theaters on June 7, 2019. Before that, Hart starred in STX Entertainment’s The Upside alongside Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. In 2018, Hart co-wrote, produced, and starred in Universal’s Night School, all under HartBeat Productions. In 2017, Hart starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, his highest grossing movie to date. His live standup comedy tour, “The Irresponsible Tour,” was also released as an original Netflix standup special in April 2019. Hart’s last tour, “What Now,” grossed over $100 million worldwide and culminated in a performance to a sold-out crowd at Philadelphia’s NFL stadium. Hart’s previous credits include: Central Intelligence, The Secret Life of Pets, and the Ride Along films. Kevin’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the Top 10 Print Hardcover Bestsellers List for ten weeks straight. Hart’s digital network, the Laugh Out Loud Network, serves as a platform for emerging comedians and is home to two premium series which both feature Kevin - “What the Fit?” and “Cold as Balls.” In February 2018, Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio channel 96 premiered on SiriusXM, with Hart hosting alongside longtime friends and fellow comedians, The Plastic Cup Boyz. In April 2019, their featured talk show, “Straight From The Hart” became available on Pandora and now ranks as the #1 podcast across all genres. In 2020, Kevin entered into a partnership with Fabletics Men, actively guiding the brand's voice and vision. Additional brand endorsements include Chase J.P Morgan, Hydrow, Bruush and Tommy John, where he is an investor & designer.