Kevin Hart has signed a deal with Netflix and his HartBeat Productions for the streaming giant to exclusively release his next four self-produced films. Netflix also has a first-look offer in the deal with the actor, which gives them option to secure future projects from Hart. His 2020 stand-up special “No F—s Given,” was the #1 comedy special on Netflix last year.
The comedic actor told Deadline, “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.”
The Philadelphia funnyman is scheduled to star next in and executive produce the recently-announced Netflix scripted limited series “True Story.” The project will mark Hart’s first dramatic series performance.
Netflix Film head, Scott Stuber, also expressed his commitment to the deal with Deadline, adding, “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.”
While the actual numbers haven’t been revealed, the last time Netflix did a deal this huge was with comedian Adam Sandler for around $150 million.