Christian Leader of the Month
VP of Production at Columbia Pictures
CBN.com It’s summer and movie audiences across the country are flocking to theaters, hungry for the latest blockbuster from Hollywood. If you’ve seen such inspirational films as The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010), or this year’s hit comedy, Jumping the Broom, then you’ve been privy to the work of DeVon Franklin, vice president of production for Columbia Pictures—a true leader who’s unafraid to stand up for what he believes.
In an interview with CBN’s Terry Meeuwsen, Franklin talks about his work in Hollywood, his new book, Produced by Faith, and having the courage to live without compromising your faith.
On how his faith gives him a competitive edge in Hollywood:
"I wake up in the morning and I’m empowered because I understand what my purpose is. I know God is on my side. If God is for me, who can be against me? So I can go into the office with purpose, I can go into the office empowered, and I can go into the office knowing that whatever challenges I face, God is on my side. And also, it humbles me because I understand that I’m in a position of service. I’m not there just to make great movies—while that’s part of it—but I am there to be a representative and I am there to show others the love of Christ."
On why he turns off his BlackBerry one day a week:
"I was raised observing the Sabbath. I’ve done it my entire life. And it’s something that I just believe in. And it wasn’t something I was willing to compromise, even in going to Hollywood. From the first job that I ever took, I let them know, ‘Listen, part of my faith is the Sabbath observance. And if it requires me to not observe Sabbath to take this job, then I can’t accept the job.’ And I’ve done that with every job that I’ve been presented with in Hollywood. And believe it or not people are saying ‘OK’—they accept it. And once you have a principle and you don’t compromise on it, it actually becomes not that hard to continue doing it."
Watch the full interview with Terry Meeuwsen
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