DeVon Franklin Promoted To Senior Vice President Of Production For Columbia Pictures

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 31, 2012 4:43 PM
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Time to make an adjustment to my chart showing all the studio execs of African descent.

It's worth noting that he began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment.

Details from the press release follow below (project highlights include further confirmation that a sequel to The Karate Kid is in development, and that Heaven Is For Real, the T.D. Jakes co-production announced last year, is still very much alive):

DeVon Franklin has been named Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, to whom Franklin will report.

In his new role, Franklin will find, develop and supervise production of commercial material geared towards the urban and faith-based markets. He will work with all of the film divisions within the Sony Pictures umbrella. His next project will be the film adaptation of the New York Times Bestseller, Heaven Is For Real.

The promotion recognizes the executive’s success supervising such hit films as The Karate Kid, Jumping the Broom, and the highly anticipated film Sparkle, starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

Franklin will continue to work on Columbia Pictures franchise titles such as The Karate Kid, Masters of the Universe and After Earth.

DeVon has been a huge contributor to our development and production team since joining the studio in 2005,” Belgrad said. We are proud to recognize his achievements with this promotion. DeVon is positioned to capitalize on his unique skill set, experience and relationships and will further define Sony as an industry leader in telling stories for a diverse audience. His focus will complement the outstanding work being done by the Screen Gems and Affirm Films divisions.

Since joining Sony Pictures, Franklin has helped to oversee such hits as The Pursuit of Happyness, Hancock, and Seven Pounds, all of which starred Will Smith and saw enormous worldwide success as well as the hit film 21, starring Kevin Spacey.

Keep in mind that he's only 34 years old. And, oh yeah, he's married to Meagan Good. Life is indeed good.

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8 Comments

  • cinexa | July 31, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    His book "Produced by Faith" stays in the Kindle.

  • G. | July 31, 2012 11:38 PMReply

    Very, very cool. Congrats!

  • BAMAKO | July 31, 2012 10:26 PMReply

    I hope he makes some important African-American cinema during his ride. It'll be hard but I hope he has the fortitude to do it. All these rom-coms and remakes won't set him apart from any of the other black executives who've had good positions over the years and it amounted to no change or real legacy. Doing GOOD WORK, even one GREAT classic black film - will. He should tap into the best of the Black indie directors and writers and give them a little cash to make their dream projects. Do that a few times and I bet one of em would come out with a classic he can be proud of. Another way to say, steer clear of all the Sparkles and Jumping Brooms. You are smarter and savvier than that.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 2, 2012 12:17 PM

    I agree Bamako. Unfortunately, I get a Steve Harvey vibe from this brotha, which isn't good. He seems to be the type that will stick with what's safe and popular. He doesn't look like he's going to ruffle any feathers. But Ill remain cautiously optimistic and see what happens.

  • c | August 1, 2012 8:20 AM

    for a 34year old he is off to a great start and doing just fine. So you can keep your I hope comments to yourself

  • Jack | July 31, 2012 10:23 PMReply

    Damn he's fine! Oh and yes congrats to him!

  • ALM | July 31, 2012 10:08 PMReply

    This man is doing the dog gone thing. I am happy for both his marriage to Meagan and his career promotion. There is a You Tube video of him testifying at The Potter's House that is simply amazing. I have his biography, but I haven't begun reading it as of yet. I also gifted my aunt with a copy of his bio for her birthday, and she is loving the book.

    I love the fact that he serves a "niche" market of positive, often faith based movies.

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 31, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    NICE

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