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Franklin Leonard

Film Producer, Cultural Commentator, Professor, Activist & Entrepreneur

Film Producer, Cultural Commentator, Professor, Activist & Entrepreneur

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Franklin Leonard Biography

Franklin Leonard is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the writers who do it via film production, as well as its annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays, online marketplace, live staged script readings, screenwriter labs and film culture publications. More than 400 scripts from the annual Black List survey (30 percent of its total output) have been produced as feature films, earning 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins, including four of the last ten Best Pictures and ten of the last twenty-two screenwriting Oscars.

Leonard has worked in feature film development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, and Leonardo DiCaprio. He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto, and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He was also a delegate and speaker at the White House's 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

Leonard was one of Hollywood Reporter's "35 Under 35," Black Enterprise magazine's "40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future," The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fast Company’s "100 Most Creative People in Business" and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)'s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is an occasional commentator on the BBC and MSNBC on matters of culture, politics and race, an associate professor at the American Film institute, a trustee of PEN America, an advisor to Glitch, Inc. and a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Franklin Leonard Videos

  • How the Black List Revives Dead Scripts - Franklin Leonard
    Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List, has been supporting screenwriters and bringing to light screenplays that otherwise would have been...
  • CNBC Evolve: Franklin Leonard
    List founder and film and television producer Franklin Leonard, and Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum in a CNBC Evolve livestream event.
  • DeVon Franklin, Franklin Leonard, Debra Martin Chase & Phil Sun
    Academy governor and producer DeVon Franklin (“Breakthrough”), The Black List founder Franklin Leonard, producer Debra Martin Chase...

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