By Victor Ochieng
Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin has sealed a multi-year contract with 20th Century Fox for the production of film content through his Franklin Entertainment trademark, where he serves as president and CEO. A producer, preacher and author, Franklin’s works are both Black-themed and mainstream, with an existing notable fun base that will definitely come in handy in his new deal. Some of the famed works he’s done include The Karate Kid (remake), Miracles From Heaven, The Pursuit of Happiness, Heaven Is For Real, and Hancock.
“We’re excited to welcome DeVon Franklin into the Fox family,” read a statement by Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film. “He has great taste and a real feel for inspirational stories.”
In his statement, Franklin said: “I am deeply committed to producing inspirational content of faith that reaches audiences all around the world. This is why I’m so excited to join the Fox family. I am incredibly grateful for the support for my vision of creating uplifting content for the masses.”
The 38-year-old film producer rose from an intern at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to the position of senior vice president at Sony Entertainment. During his tenure at Sony, the ordained man of God spearheaded the production and monitoring of faith-based films for Sony Pictures, Columbia and TriStar Pictures.
Before he launched his Franklin Entertainment, he worked at Columbia TriStar Pictures as the senior vice president of production, a role that put him among the top-ranking African Americans within the Hollywood studio system, as well as one of the few to have risen to that executive level. Among the films whose production he’s shepherded are Jumping the Broom, Sparkle and Not Easily Broken; all of which were produced by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
To underline just how popular his works are, it’s Franklin who developed and produced Miracle From Heaven, a hit faith-based movie that starred Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. Interestingly, according to Franklin’s inner circles, the film, which was produced at a modest budget of $15 million, raked in more than $73 million, positioning it among the most successful faith-based films ever. It received a rare A+ CinemaScore.
Franklin remains among the leading faith-based film producers. He currently has several projects in the pipeline, including the highly awaited reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise. There is also the remake of the 1975 film Cooley High that many people are looking forward to.
As an author, Franklin recently released his second book, The Wait, which he co-wrote with his wife Meagan Good. The book has so far sold over 125,000 copies and it became a New York Times bestseller. Through his daily inspirational online posts, the producer has garnered more than 1 million social media follower