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DeVon Franklin, Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and also fiancé of Think Like a Manactress Meagan Good, was honored with a Biola Award this past Saturday. The Biola Awards honor Christian individuals who reflect leadership in uniting vision, passion and redemption in the media industry.

Franklin, also author of Produced by Faith – Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self, spoke at the awards ceremony and tackled Christian attitudes during his speech, reports The Christian Post. “The moment you tell someone you want to make films or you want to do television or be a part of media, the first thing they say is ‘that’s the devil’s playground’ [or] ‘that’s Sodom and Gomorrah,'” said Franklin, highlighting the Christian bias against Hollywood. But Franklin believes that people of faith are needed in media where he has been able to make a significant impact.

Franklin, who is one of the few African Americans and one of the youngest Production VP’s in the industry, is producer of the late Whitney Houston’s upcoming film, Sparkle. He also oversaw the remake of the summer blockbuster, “The Karate Kid,” starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, which grossed over $350 million worldwide, and worked on “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Hancock” both starring Will Smith, among many other major hit films.

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article courtesy of Buzz/Eewmagazine.com

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