DeVon Franklin Nabs First-Look Producing Deal with Sony
According to Variety, DeVon Franklin will depart as senior vice president of production for Columbia Pictures into a first look production deal with Sony. Encompassing both film and television, Franklin and his namesakeproduction companyFranklin Entertainment will develop projects that appeal to both faith-based and urban markets. An ordained preacher, the exec has spent nine years at Sony, overseeing projects such as “Heaven is for Real,” “The Karate Kid” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” In that role, he developed and produced commercial material focused on those two markets. He’s already slated to join Joe Roth as a producer on “Heaven Changes Everything,” the sequel to “Heaven is For Real,” which was made for $12 million and has grossed roughly $95 million to date. Franklin will also produce “Unleash the Mules” with Roth and his son Zack. He will also join Steve Tisch, Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black as a producer on “Masters of the Universe,” and Dana Brunetti on “Gran Turismo,” the film adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise. According to a Sony spokesperson, Franklin will remain on the lot as a producer. Franklin, in addition to being a studio exec, is also a published author and motivational speaker who penned “Produced by Faith,” a self-help bestseller that tracked his success strategy through his tenure in the entertainment industry.
Sidebar: Congrats to one of the only black men in Hollywood that can green light a film. I see only bigger things for DeVon! Check out our Studio Q interview with this trailblazer below.