SANTA MONICA, Calif. March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has entered the Kevin Hart business on multiple fronts, the Company announced today. The studio has formed a partnership with Hart and his company, Hartbeat Digital, to launch a new video-on-demand service, Laugh Out Loud, and create a new social adventure mobile tablet game, initiatives that further expand the global entertainment icon’s multi-faceted career.
The new OTT service will serve as the exclusive home for all content created by Hart outside his theatrical and live touring activities and will include original series starring Hart. One of the first shows being developed is a hidden camera premium original series in which Hart stars as an undercover Lyft driver.
Laugh Out Loud will also showcase content curated by Hart along with shows featuring social media stars and up and coming comedians, including a series starring social media phenomenon Logan Paul, the most viewed content creator on Facebook (300 million video views last month) and Vine (nearly 4 billion loops).
Codeblack CEO Jeff Clanagan, who has served as Hart’s business partner for the past 10 years, has been named President of the new service as well as President of Hart’s company, Hartbeat Digital.
As part of the multi-faceted relationship, Lionsgate will also join with Hart and game developer Fifth Journey to create a social adventure mobile game starring and written in collaboration with Hart. Players become comedic rock stars with Hart as their mentor, embarking on adventures that include touring the country, starring in movies, hosting award shows and more. Game choices, mini-games and features will incorporate Hart’s trademark humor and emphasize positivity.
One of this generation’s biggest and most versatile stars, Hart has established a major presence in film, television and on tour, building a global fan base that includes 80 million followers. He has starred in smash box office hits including the Ride Along and Think like a Man franchises, Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, About Last Night and Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain which have collectively grossed over $1 billion at the global box office. His upcoming feature film releases include Central Intelligence (opposite Dwayne Johnson) and Kevin Hart: What Now?
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