DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, bestselling author, renowned preacher, and spiritual success coach. DeVon is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. With a commitment to uplifting the masses through entertainment, DeVon has quickly become a force in the media as well as a leading authority on faith, spiritual wellness, and personal development. Beliefnet has called him one of the Most Influential Christians Under 40, Variety Magazine named him one of the Top 10 Producers to Watch, Ebony Magazine has distinguished him as one of the Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America, and even Oprah has called him “a bonafide dynamo … a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times.” DeVon serves as President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a dynamic, multimedia entertainment company with a first-look film deal at 20th Century Fox. As a filmmaker, he is producing the inspirational true story BREAKTHROUGH starring Chrissy Metz, which opens in theaters April 17, 2019. Additionally, he produced the hit animated film THE STAR and the hit film MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN. Along with his work as a producer, DeVon is the author of The Hollywood Commandments, the New York Times bestseller The Wait (co-written with his wife, award-winning actress Meagan Good), and Produced By Faith.
Producer, director, and actor Roxann Dawson makes her feature-film directing debut with BREAKTHROUGH. Her recent directing credits include The Deuce for HBO, The Chi for Showtime, and MARVEL’S Runaways for Hulu. Among many other directing credits are multiples of House of Cards, The Americans, and Treme. She is also producer-director on the hit Scandal, as well as Cold Case, and Crossing Jordan. A native of Los Angeles, Roxann graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Theatre Arts. Shortly after graduation, she landed her first professional job as Diana Morales in the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. While in New York, she also performed in numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. She returned to Broadway to close A Chorus Line as the last Diana. Roxann was cast as B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager and during the series’ seven-year run, she started a family and began her directing career with 10 episodes of the next Star Trek series, Enterprise. In addition to directing, Roxann co-authored a trilogy of novels with Daniel Graham, The Tenebrea Trilogy.
Stephen Curry’s on- and off-court legacy is marked by transformation and innovation. He has established himself as one of the most respected and beloved players to have ever played the game. He is a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA All-Star. He’s the first person in NBA history to be unanimously voted Most Valuable Player, and one of a select few to win MVP awards two consecutive years. In 2009, Stephen was the seventh overall draft pick by the Golden State Warriors. He has shattered expectations for a player of his size, breaking numerous NBA records. He scored more three-point field goals during the 2012–13 season than any player in league history and broke the record again during the 2014–15 season, solidifying himself as one of the most accurate and consistent shooters of all time. Off the court, Curry has focused his efforts into a variety of successful business ventures, recently launching Unanimous Media, which develops and produces inspiring television, film, and digital content in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is also an emerging figure in the tech space with investments in companies like Pinterest and eSports organization TSM. One of basketball’s most marketable players from early in his career, he has developed a strong partnership portfolio. He continues to be a driving force in the Curry Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving quality education programs and promoting healthy lifestyles.
REV. DR. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. He has been named one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices and as the leader of the Latino Evangelical movement by CNN, Fox, NBC Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, Charisma Magazine, and many other outlets. He worked with and advised Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Among many other awards, he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. An award-winning author, he regularly contributes to well-known national publications. He is the author of Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty, Truth, and Hope in a Darkened World, a No. 1 Los Angeles Times bestseller. His most recent book is When Faith Catches Fire: Embracing the Spiritual Passion of the Latino Reformation, co-authored with Dr. Robert Crosby. Pastor Sam has served as executive producer of two films in partnership with Franklin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox, and is co-founder and lead pastor of TBN Salsa, an international Christian-based broadcast television network.
Grant Nieporte is best known for writing SEVEN POUNDS, starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, and Woody Harrelson. His original script for SEVEN POUNDS was a top-ten finalist on The Blacklist, the annual ranking of the “most liked” scripts in Hollywood. Grant's career began on the hit ABC sitcom Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen, where he served as a technical consultant. Grant spent a decade learning the ropes in television working on network shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Jack and Jill, and 8 Simple Rules, but his first love has always been feature films. Grant recently adapted the book BREAKTHROUGH, opening in theaters April 17. Grant just finished co-writing the true-life legal drama COBALT. Grant is also producing the book adaptation of HOPE HEALS with Ian Bryce that is in active development. HOPE HEALS is the first project under Grant and partner Bob Smiley’s Humble Picture Company. Currently, Grant is planning his next project with producer DeVon Franklin. Grant is married to his amazing wife Jill. They have two kids and one misbehaving dog.