About DeVon Franklin
DeVon Franklin is a bonafide dynamo…
a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times.
– Oprah Winfrey
About DeVon Franklin
DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spiritual success coach. He is passionate about helping people:
Use personal faith as an advantage to influence culture.
Overcome fear and courageously pursue new opportunities.
Maintain hope and perseverance during difficult circumstances.
Build a career that honors spiritual principles and creates secular success.
Spirituality, Faith, and the Entertainment Business
A recognized authority on spirituality, faith, and the entertainment business, DeVon is one of the youngest executives in Hollywood history. BeliefNet named DeVon one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.” Variety Magazine called him one of the “Top 10 Producers to Watch.” Ebony Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America.” He’s been interviewed by Oprah, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, CNN, and featured in numerous radio, print, and online appearances.
Dedicated to Using Media to Encourage & Inspire
DeVon is dedicated to using media as a powerful tool to encourage millions of lives around the world. He uses his platform to empower people with faith-filled, inspirational messages through his movies and TV shows, public speaking, books, media interviews, and social media channels with over 1 million followers. He is married to award-winning actress, Meagan Good, and they reside in Los Angeles, California.
“In the 20 years I’ve known DeVon, he’s lived his life the same way he makes his movies: with commitment, humility, and a work ethic that demands respect.”
– Will Smith
Work in the Entertainment Industry
DeVon got his start in Hollywood as an 18-year-old intern for Will Smith. Today, he is the President & CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a multi-media company that produces inspirational and commercial content. The company currently has a first-look film deal with 20th Century Fox.
As the former Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, DeVon was one of the youngest and highest-ranking African-American studio executives in entertainment history. During his near 10-year tenure at Columbia, he championed some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, including The Pursuit of Happyness, The Karate Kid, Jumping the Broom, and Heaven Is For Real.
In addition, DeVon produced the hit film, Miracles From Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. After making the movie for a modest $15 million, it grossed over $73 million at the world-wide box office, making it one of the top-grossing, faith-based films of all-time.
DeVon is the executive-producer of the upcoming film, The Star, for Sony Pictures Animation. It is the first faith-based animated film to be released by a major Hollywood studio since The Prince of Egypt in 1998.
In addition, Franklin has many high-profile film projects in development including, BREAKTHROUGH, formerly THE IMPOSSIBLE, with 20th Century Fox, The Boy Who Knew Too Much with 20th Century Fox, the reboot of He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe franchise with Columbia Pictures, along with the remake of the classic film, Cooley High, with Common at MGM. In television, Franklin is producing Chi-Arts, a music-driven drama at ABC and a reboot of Foxy Brown at HULU starring Meagan Good.
DeVon is a newly elected member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) where he chairs the Executive Branch subcommittee on Diversity.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship along with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.
Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Spiritual Success Coach
“DeVon’s message is for anyone seeking to strike that quintessential balance between faith and function. Hollywood, like life, is a walk of faith.”
– T. D. Jakes
DeVon was raised in Oakland, CA. His mother, grandmother, and seven aunts formed what he called a “coalition of strong women” that guided DeVon and his two brothers after his father tragically passed away at the age of 36 from a heart attack.
As a teenager, DeVon enjoyed studying movies and television shows to figure out how stories and scenes were put together to move and inspire people. He was particularly influenced by The Cosby Show and The Color Purple. During this time, he began helping out at his uncle’s church and preached his first sermon at the age of 15.
A Unique Combination of Ministry and Entertainment Expertise
Today, DeVon’s unique combination of ministry and entertainment expertise have positioned him as a spiritual success coach for thousands of people across America. His rare perspective on faith, love, and success has made DeVon the go-to expert on spirituality and life transformation.
He is a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show. In addition, he has been featured on The Dr. Phil Show, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Real, CNN, FOX News, Iyanla’s Fix My Life, and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.
As an international speaker, DeVon has encouraged audiences at Oprah’s Life Class, T.D. Jakes’ Mega-Fest, Catalyst, and speaks regularly at conferences, churches, and business associations.
New York Times Bestselling Author
DeVon also helps people experience spiritual, business, and relational success through his bestselling books. He and his wife, Meagan Good, co-authored the New York Times bestseller, The Wait, which reveals the benefits of waiting and delayed gratification to build a true love that lasts. DeVon’s first book, Produced By Faith, was also a bestseller, featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and explains how to build a thriving career without compromising your faith. His new book, The Hollywood Commandments, coming September, 2017, draws on DeVon’s 20+ years of experience in entertainment to help readers achieve an amazing life and a thriving career that glorifies God.