2012 is a good year for DeVon Franklin. Not only did the Seventh-day Adventist preacher marry "Think Like a Man" Actress Meagan Good in June, he has since been promoted to be Columbia Pictures' senior vice president of production for urban and faith-based films according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Franklin previously served as Columbia's VP of Production. However the company told THR that his new position within the company will allow him to work closesly with the studio's many divisions as well as "develop and supervise production of commercial material geared towards the urban and faith-based markets."
Franklin has already worked on a number of films including "Jumping the Broom" where he reportedly began dating Good and the soon-to-be released "Sparkle." Both films were ventures of Texas pastor Jakes.
Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad told THR, “We are proud to recognize his achievements with this promotion. DeVon is positioned to capitalize on his unique skill set, experience and relationships and will further define Sony as an industry leader in telling stories for a diverse audience.”
Elev8.com reports that Franklin's next project as senior VP will likely be to supervise the production of film adaption of Todd Burpo’s New York Times bestseller “Heaven Is for Real.”
The Christian Post reported last year that Texas pastor Jakes was seeking to co-produce the story of a 3-year-old's experiences in heaven with former Walt Disney Studios executive Joe Roth.