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Movie studio executive-turned-author gives advice to script writers

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Columbia Pictures Vice-President, DeVon Franklin, leads a double life and he’s proud of it. Franklin is a devote Christian and a minister as well as studio executive.  Franklin has incorporated his faith into a business model, which he talks about in his new book “Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Compromising Your True Self.”

Franklin is the executive who brought the low-budget, but very successful script project, “Jumping the Broom,” to Columbia. Produced for less than $7 million, the romantic comedy has made over $30 million at the box office in about three weeks. Franklin is convinced you don’t have to have great connections or live in Tinseltown to sell your screenplay: “… we need good scripts in Hollywood. So, if you write a good script, even if you’re in Nebraska, Ohio —  you could be in the most remote part of the world — if you write a good script, I promise you, somehow we’ll find it.”

book cover for "Produced by Faith"

Franklin sees his faith and movie career as a perfect match: “My whole big idea for my life is to inspire and encourage, and God has called me to use film as part of a way to do that.” Franklin’s comments are from a post over on the publishing site, Galleycat.

By the way, his book “Produced by Faith, ” written with Tim Vandehey, was released from Simon & Schuster earlier this month on May 3.

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One Response to Movie studio executive-turned-author gives advice to script writers

  1. Jim C. Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Most studio execs have no problem at all achieving big success without compromising their true selves.


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