Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard is the founder of The Black List, a yearly survey highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays, and the company created to continue its mission. He joined PEN America’s Board of Trustees following the March 2018 unification with PEN Center USA, for which he served as a Trustee. Since the inaugural Black List, more than 300 listed scripts have been produced as feature films, earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and 48 wins. He has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Leonard DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn. He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto, and Guanajuato Film Festivals. He is also a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Under 35,” Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” and The Root’s “100 Most Influential African-Americans,” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He received the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is a graduate of Harvard University.