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Founder, The Blacklist

Franklin Leonard


Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the annual list of Hollywood’s most liked unproduced screenplays, and the company birthed to continues its mission of identifying and celebrating great screenplays. He has worked in feature film development at Franklin has worked Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, and Leonardo DiCaprio. A delegate and speaker at the White House’s 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, he has also been named one of 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 a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.