Franklin Leonard, the former Overbrook Entertainment Vice President of Creative Affairs, is the creator of the Black List and co-creator of Blcklst.com, a yearly publication, highlighting Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays and its ongoing home on the web. Prior to Overbrook, Franklin was the director of development at Universal Pictures. He has done similar work at the production companies of directors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and former Paramount Pictures president John Goldwyn. Before Los Angeles and all things film related, Franklin was - at different times - a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., a weekly columnist for the Trinidad Guardian in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and the communications director for John Cranley's 2000 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's first district.
Of the 500 screenplays highlighted over the last six year in the Black List, over 120 have been made and distributed, earned $11 billion worldwide at the box office, and won 20 Academy Awards from over 80 nominations. Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech, and Juno are a few that made past lists.
Franklin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. Since 2010, he has been named one of Black Enterprise magazine's "40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future," AOL Black Voices "30 Black Hollywood Game Changers," Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business" and a big football (soccer) fan.