Netflix announced today that the streaming service has signed a deal with the HartBeat Productions banner for four Kevin Hart movies and a first look at other projects.
The streaming service will be the exclusive home for four feature films starring and produced by Hart. Kevin Hart movies have grossed more than $4 billion at the global box office.
Under the multi-year agreement, Kevin Hart will also have a first look film deal for his HartBeat Productions banner.
“Partnering with Netflix is an amazing opportunity for HartBeat and myself. I am excited to act in and produce cutting edge films with Netflix,” said Hart. “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.”
“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,” said Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflix.
“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,” commented Bryan Smiley, president of Film & TV at Hartbeat Productions.
“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.
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 provides content from culturally diverse storytellers that resonate on a global scale.
In addition to Zero F*cks Given and Night School, Hartbeat’s projects include Dave, which was FXX’s most watched comedy ever and has been picked up for a second season, as well as London Hughes comedy special Catch a Dck, Celebrity Game Face on E!, The Next Level and Hart of the City on Comedy Central.