Franklin Leonard is the host of the Black List Table Reads podcast (an iTunes Best of 2015 pick) and 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.
Over 250 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films earning 243 Academy Award nominations, and 45 wins including three of the last seven Best Pictures and eight of the last sixteen screenwriting Oscars.
Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Young Storytellers Foundation, Project Greenlight's Digital Studios, American Public Media's Marketplace, and the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.
He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He was also a delegate and speaker at the White House's 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
Since 2010, he has been named one of Hollywood Reporter's 35 Under 35, 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.