DeVon Franklin has been upped to senior VP of production at Columbia Pictures, where he’ll report to prexy Doug Belgrad.

Franklin will find, develop and supervise production of commercial material geared toward the urban- and faith-based markets. He will work with all the film divisions within the Sony Pictures umbrella.

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His next project will be a feature adaptation of Todd Burpo’s New York Times bestseller “Heaven Is for Real.”

Franklin’s promotion recognizes his success supervising hit pics such as “The Karate Kid” and “Jumping the Broom,” as well as the highly anticipated drama “Sparkle,” starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. Since joining Sony Pictures, Franklin has helped to oversee Will Smith films “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds.” Franklin will continue to work on Col franchise titles including “Masters of the Universe,” “After Earth” and the “Karate Kid” sequel.

Congratulations! DeVon Franklin To Oversee Urban, Faith-Based Films  was originally published on elev8.com

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