After investing a heavy stack into a Black-owned production company, Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat has spun the block to close a deal.
As AfroTech previously told you, Hart made an appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on the Jan. 7 episode and joined Mark Cuban to bless Black Sands Entertainment with an investment of $500,000.
The Black-owned production company — created by husband and wife, Manuel and Geiszel Godoy — is heavily invested in ancient Black history and creating strong Black characters.
The company also has products that include masks, comic books, and T-shirts. As of this writing, the company has sold 200,000 print copies of its comic books, which produced $2 million in sales.
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Black Sands Entertainment Secures Deal With Hartbeat
Black Sands Entertainment’s influence is expected to widen as they have closed a deal with Hartbeat to create more stories, specifically through film and television. What’s more, an animated feature is in the works in addition to a series centering on the Black Sands flagship franchise, “Black Sands.”
“The moment that Manuel, Geiszel, and the Black Sands Entertainment team walked into the Tank I knew that this was a company that I wanted to bring into my eco-system,” said Kevin Hart in a press release. “The Black Sands team was looking for a partner that has resources to grow their distribution, expand on their production, find new creative talent, and promote their current and future portfolio of content – these are all areas of Hartbeat’s core business. I’m very excited that our team will be able to help Black Sands grow and continue to share their unique stories with audiences all over the world.”
“I knew that when I saw Kevin Hart on stage, it was time to change the world. He understands the world of independent business and IP ownership. 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 be a top 10 anime in the world one day,” said Manuel Godoy, Chief Executive Officer, Black Sands Entertainment, in a press release.