DeVon Franklin is a rarity: an African-American studio executive at the forefront of Hollywood’s hit machine. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry. He recently oversaw the remakes Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston in her last on screen role, and The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, which grossed over $350 million worldwide. He also worked on The Pursuit of Happyness and Hancock both starring Will Smith, as well as the faith-based hit Not Easily Broken, and the family comedy, Jumping the Broom starring Angela Bassett and Paula Patton, both produced by Bishop T. D. Jakes. He was formerly a studio executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where he worked on John Travolta's Be Cool and Queen Latifah's Beautyshop, and got his start as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter.
In addition to his entertainment industry pursuits, DeVon is also a preacher, a motivational speaker, and the author of Produced By Faith, a how-to-guide about pursuing your career without compromising your faith. He's appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC and was a featured guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He has also been featured in Essence, Ebony, Jet, and Black Enterprise magazines, among many others.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, DeVon 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 sits on the boards of Film Independent and American Black Film Festival. He is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Meagan.