Naomi Osaka partners with Lebron James to form media business Hana Kuma

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Naomi Osaka partners with Lebron James to form media company Hana Kuma

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Tennis Player, Naomi Osaka positions for a picture with LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers after the video game on April 4, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Four- time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is releasing a media production business in collaboration with The SpringHill Company, a media corporation produced by Lebron James.

The production business, called Hana Kuma, will produce scripted and nonfiction material, beginning with a New York Times documentary about Patsy Mink, the very first female of color chosen to U.S. Congress, according to a news release. The statement states Hana Kuma will highlight “empowering” and “culturally specific” stories.

“There has been an explosion of creators of color finally being equipped with resources and a huge platform,” Osaka stated in the release. “In the streaming age, content has a more global perspective. You can see this in the popularity of television from Asia, Europe and Latin America that the unique can also be universal. My story is a testament to that as well.”

The SpringHill Company, established by NBA star James and company partner Maverick Carter, will offer production and tactical resources to Hana Kuma, the release stated. Hana Kuma likewise has collaborations with crypto exchange platform FTX and health platform Modern Health.

In May, Osaka introduced a professional athlete representation company called Evolve.

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