President/CEO, Franklin Entertainment
DeVon Franklin is using the power of entertainment to bring inspiration and motivation to the masses. “Ebony Magazine” named him one of the “Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America” and Beliefnet named him one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.” DeVon Franklin, a producer, New York Times Best-Selling author, preacher and media personality, serves as the President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, and recently announced a new multi-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Franklin Entertainment released the film MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. As former Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, he was one of the highest ranking African-American creative executives in the industry. During his 10 year tenure at the studio, he championed box-office hits like THE PURSUIT of HAPPYNESS, THE KARATE KID, JUMPING THE BROOM and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, resulting in almost $700 million in total worldwide box office sales. And he wrote the best-selling book “Produced By Faith”, a how-to guide about finding success without compromising your faith. Projects with Sony Pictures Animation include THE STAR and the reboot of HE-MAN and the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE franchise. In development is the highly-anticipated remake of the 1975 classic film COOLEY HIGH at MGM, the inspirational biopic 44, and faith-based film MJB GOT FAITH with TriStar Pictures. Franklin began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.