Kevin Hart’s Heartbeat Media Company has closed a partnership deal with black-owned comic book publisher Black Sands Entertainment, giving the comedian’s business an equity stake in the company. Founded by husband and wife Manuel and Geisel Godoy, BSE is known for producing popular graphic novels, “Black Sands,” “The Seven Kingdoms,” and animated shorts based on African stories throughout the diaspora.
As part of the deal, Heartbeat will provide strategic consulting to push Black Sands’ storytelling efforts into the worlds of TV and film. The two companies are currently collaborating on an animated feature and series based on the popular Black Sands flagship series.
“The moment Manuel, Geezel and the Black Sands Entertainment team entered the tank, I knew this was the company I wanted to bring into my eco-system,” Kevin Hart said in a statement. “The Black Sands team was looking for a partner with the resources to grow their distribution, expand their product, acquire new creative talent and promote their current and future content portfolio – all of which are areas of HARTBEAT’s core business. I am thrilled that our team will continue to grow Black Sands and share their unique stories with audiences around the world.
The deal comes on the heels of the multi-platform publishing house’s appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where the company scored investments from both Mark Cuban and the comedian, who was a guest shark on the show. With the support of both Sharks and Black Sands Entertainment’s Kickstarter campaign, the company has sold 200,000 copies of the comic book, generating $2 million in sales. getting started.
“When I saw Kevin Hart on stage, I knew it was time to change the world. His independent business and IP ownership will help the world. His talent will help propel our brand into a household name and inspire new young black creators for years to come. Black Sands will one day be a top 10 anime in the world.” It will,” says Manuel Godai, CEO, Black Sands Entertainment.