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A recognized authority on spirituality, faith, and the entertainment business, DeVon is one of the youngest executives in Hollywood history. BeliefNet named DeVon one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.” Variety Magazine called him one of the “Top 10 Producers to Watch.” Ebony Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America.” He’s been interviewed by Oprah, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, CNN, and featured in numerous radio, print, and online appearances.
DeVon is dedicated to using media as a powerful tool to encourage millions of lives around the world. He uses his platform to empower people with faith-filled, inspirational messages through his movies and TV shows, public speaking, books, media interviews, and social media channels with over 1 million followers. He is married to award-winning actress, Meagan Good, and they reside in Los Angeles, California.
DeVon got his start in Hollywood as an 18-year-old intern for Will Smith. Today, he is the President & CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a multi-media company that produces inspirational and commercial content. The company currently has a first-look film deal with 20th Century Fox.
As the former Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, DeVon was one of the youngest and highest-ranking African-American studio executives in entertainment history. During his near 10-year tenure at Columbia, he championed some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, including The Pursuit of Happyness, The Karate Kid, Jumping the Broom, and Heaven Is For Real.
In addition, DeVon produced the hit film, Miracles From Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. After making the movie for a modest $15 million, it grossed over $73 million at the world-wide box office, making it one of the top-grossing, faith-based films of all-time.
DeVon is a newly elected member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(AMPAS) where he chairs the Executive Branch subcommittee on Diversity.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship along with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.
Today, DeVon’s unique combination of ministry and entertainment expertise have positioned him as a spiritual success coach for thousands of people across America. His rare perspective on faith, love, and success has made DeVon the go-to expert on spirituality and life transformation.
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captiva
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captivating, insightful, and delivered a powerful message with words of hope, love, and a call to action to the audience. They were utterly enthralled by her presence and presentation.
I would like to also add that I thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ryan. She was so personable, pleasant, down-to-earth and very gracious and accommodating with the guests. She was patient with each question and stayed until every person had their book signed or picture taken. I would not hesitate to have her visit our campus again. I was so impressed and grateful for her contributions to our campus community in this role, but even more so for the work and accomplishments she is making in journalism, politics, and keeping integrity in the profession.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful and professional work of Ms. Kim Lowery in her role in ensuring a positive and successful program. She was thorough in providing the details of the travel itinerary and ensured that we had all the information necessary in preparation for Ms. Ryan’s visit. It was a pleasure working with her on this engagement.
Thank you again for the work you do and the rewarding collaborations we enjoy with your agency. I look forward to future interactions.”
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