Franklin Leonard
Founder, Blacklist
Biography
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission. More than 250 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films, earning almost 200 Academy Award nominations and 37 wins. Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn. Since 2010, he has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He was also awarded the 2015 African American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence.
Franklin Leonard
Founder, Blacklist
SPEAKER FILM
Franklin Leonard — It Starts With The Story
Franklin Leonard — It Starts With The Story

When Franklin Leonard started out in Hollywood, access was limited to those who started off with an "in" or were foolish enough to think they didn't need one. But then Leonard started an email chain that changed the film industry: the Black List, an annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Black List has featured scripts that have gone on to win dozens of Academy Awards, including three of the last seven Best Picture winners. The Black List is now a global community, part of Leonard's mission to allow anyone in the world to get their foot in the door, remaking Hollywood as a place where content rules and diversity is rewarded.