Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Media Company Enters Partnership Deal With Black Sands Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Hart’s media company Hartbeat has struck a partnership deal with black-owned comics publishing house Black Sands Entertainment, giving the comedian’s business an equity stake in the company. Founded by husband and wife Manuel and Geiszel Godoy, BSE is known for its popular graphic novels based on African history across the diaspora, including “Black Sands”, “The Seven Kingdoms” and the development of animated shorts.

As part of the deal, Hartbeat will offer strategic consulting services to help push Black Sands’ storytelling efforts into television and film. Currently, the two companies are collaborating on an animated feature film and series focusing on the eponymous flagship series Black Sands.

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“As soon as Manuel, Geiszel and the team at Black Sands Entertainment walked into the Tank, I knew it was a business I wanted to bring into my ecosystem,” Kevin Hart said in a statement. “The Black Sands team was looking for a partner with the resources to grow their distribution, expand their production, source new creative talent, and promote their current and future content portfolio – these are all core areas of HARTBEAT’s business. I am very happy that our team can help Black Sands grow and continue to share its unique stories with audiences around the world.

The deal comes after the multiplatform publishing house appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where the company secured investment from Mark Cuban and the comedian, who was a guest shark on the episode. In addition to supporting sharks and Black Sands Entertainment’s Kickstarter campaign which hit its $10,000 goal in one minute and raised $100,000 in one day, the company also sold 200,000 print copies of its comics. , which has generated $2 million in sales since its launch. creation.

“I knew when I saw Kevin Hart on stage, it was time to change the world. He understands the world of independent business and intellectual property. His expertise will help propel our brand into a household name and empower a new generation of young black creators for years to come. Black Sands will one day be one of the top 10 anime in the world,” said Manuel Godoy, CEO of Black Sands Entertainment.

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Cathy W. Howerton