DeVon Franklin serves as the President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a newly minted production company in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Franklin Entertainment produces mainstream and inspirational content for all entertainment platforms.
As the former Senior Vice President of Columbia TriStar Pictures, DeVon oversaw a number of the studio’s hit films, including The Karate Kid, The Pursuit of Happyness and Jumping the Broom. Recently, Franklin oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven is For Real, produced on a modest $12 million budget, Heaven is For Real outpaced all industry estimates and grossed more than $100 million worldwide at the box office.
In addition to his entertainment-industry pursuits, DeVon is a published author, preacher and highly sought after motivational speaker who wrote “Produced By Faith,” a best-selling how-to guide about pursuing your career without compromising your faith.
He’s appeared on CNN, FOX News, NBC and has been a featured guest on the Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Show and the Dr. Phil Show.
Franklin was recently named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 and one of the top 10 industry impact players by the NAACP.
He 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.