Founder | The Black List
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company identifying and celebrating great screenwriting. Over 325 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films, earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins. Franklin has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.