YouTube creator Hannah Hart has entered a first-look deal with global entertainment goliath Lionsgate, in which Hart, 30, will star in and executive produce feature films. The first project in development, Lionsgate announced today, is a still-untitled LGBTQ romantic comedy.
Lionsgate signed a similar overall deal with Hart’s friend and frequent collaborator Grace Helbig in October for both movie and TV projects. Last year, Lionsgate also acquired Dirty 30, a feature film starring Hart, Helbig, and Mamrie Hart — a comedy trio known as YouTube’s ‘Holy Trinity’. Lionsgate also made a $25 million annual commitment to films and series led by influencers in coming years, with projects to be released via on-demand platforms.
“I’m extremely pleased to be partnering with [Lionsgate] as I continue my journey into film,” Hart said in a statement. “My hope in working together is to bring more inclusivity and diversity into storytelling overall.”
Added Jordan Gilbert, Lionsgate’s VP of digital production: “Having worked with Hannah on several successful projects, we know that her distinctive worldview, comedic timing and dedication to fresh content is what makes her an impressive writer, producer, and star.”
Hart, who counts 5 million followers across all of her social platforms, rose to fame thanks to her YouTube cooking series, My Drunk Kitchen. She has also released two New York Times Best Selling books and has a Food Network series in the works, in which she will travel across the country in search of budget restaurants. Hart is represented by UTA, attorney Ryan Pastorek, and managed by Linnea Toney.