5 Months After $5,000,000 LeBron James Reality, Naomi Osaka’s Brand’s Riveting Narration of Legendary Figure’s Story Earns Prestigious Honor

Published 09/26/2023, 4:48 AM EDT

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Since taking a step back from tennis, Naomi Osaka has not slowed down in her professional vision. While she is getting ready to make a comeback, during the time when she was pregnant, she worked on her other professional commitments. A hard worker, she left no stone unturned in the ticking off of her bucket list. In the past year, she has become an author of children’s books and established her own production company, making connections between the sporting and entertainment worlds. Now, she is reaping the rewards.

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Months after establishing partnerships and gathering investments from LeBron James‘ investment company, there’s an exciting update for Osaka’s own media production company. Recently, Hana Kuma’s first short documentary film, ‘Mink!’ grabbed everyone’s attention as it made it to one of the biggest nominations in the film industry.

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‘MINK!’ is a short film that was produced under the umbrella of the four-time Grand Slam champion’s entertainment company, Hana Kuma. It’s the same company that established a partnership with another, SpringHill, co-founded by the basketball legend LeBron James himself. And now, nearly a year after the release of the documentary that is based on the life of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the production house has shared an exciting nominations update.

 

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Last year, in July, the 25-year-old Japanese tennis player released her first project based on the Japanese American who became the first woman of color ever elected to the US Congress. While sharing a little snip of the documentary, the official Instagram account of Hana Kuma shared the exciting update for all the viewers. The caption reads, “Catch a glimspe of Patsy Mink’s remarkable journey and how she changed the world of sports with the creation of Title IX. Our short film was recently honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Documentary.”

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However, the results of this nomination are yet to be announced. But bagging an Emmy nomination for the first film released by her production is, in itself, huge news. As the new mom has always kept her opinion regarding her production house quite clear, she also gathered a lot of support from the basketball icon, which actually helped the company’s immense growth over the past year.

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LeBron James’ investment played a huge role in Osaka’s production house

Nearly 5 months ago, the media company raised around $5 million in a fundraising round from none other than James’ SpringHill Co. With this huge backing, the Japanese tennis player’s production house is now successful enough to stand on its own and do well in the entertainment industry.

Along with that, the 38-year-old basketball legend’s company is planning to launch other companies in partnership with more athletes to expand their businesses and build experience for their own company and others like Hana Kuma.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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