Franklin Leonard is a film producer, cultural commentator, professor, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the writers who do it via production, its annual survey of best unproduced screenplays, online marketplace, live staged script readings, screenwriter labs, and film culture publications. He was awarded the 2019 Writers Guild East Evelyn Burkey award for elevating the honor and dignity of screenwriters. He is an occasional commentator for the BBC and MSNBC on matters of culture, politics, and race, an associate professor at the American Film institute, a trustee of PEN America, and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). His TED talk was viewed more than one million times in its first two months of release.