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DeVon Franklin gets first-look production deal with Sony Pictures

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DeVon Franklin will transition from his position as senior vice president of Production for Columbia Pictures to a long- term, first-look producing deal with the studio. Sony Pictures Entertainment made the announcement today, July 9. In his new role, Franklin will continue to develop and produce mainstream commercial material, including projects that are geared towards the urban and faith-based markets. Franklin will work across feature film and television units at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In his new role, Franklin will join Joe Roth and T.D. Jakes as a producer on "Heaven Changes Everything," the sequel to "Heaven Is for Real," and Roth and his son Zack, as a producer on the inspirational sports film "Unleash the Mules." He will also join Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch as a producer on Masters of the Universe, and join Dana Brunetti as a producer on the film adaptation of the blockbuster PlayStation franchise Gran Turismo.

About the move, Franklin added, "Sony has been my home for nearly a decade, becoming a producer has always been a career goal and I deeply appreciate Michael, Amy and Doug allowing me this amazing opportunity to do so at SPE. I'm motivated and determined more than ever to produce powerful, commercially viable films and shows that will uplift audiences all around the world."

A published author, preacher and highly sought after motivational speaker who wrote "Produced By Faith," a best-selling self-help book outlining his strategy for success and chronicling his experiences in the entertainment industry, Franklin joined the studio from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, where he served as an executive, shepherding such projects as Be Cool and Beauty Shop.

He began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment Franklin earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

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