Alex Franklin is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches graduate-level courses about the development and production of feature films and television projects. He also teaches several courses for the UCLA Summer Institute and for the Undergraduate Honors Collegium and the Department of Global Studies at UCLA. His courses include “Hollywood and Cultural Diversity in America,” “Hollywood and Global Responsibility” and “Hollywood and America’s Global Image.” In these classes, students explore Hollywood’s portrayals and representations of different countries, cultures and groups, the contradictions between entertainment industry goals, such as tolerance and inclusion, and the business realities of servicing Hollywood’s worldwide audience.
Franklin began his career in Hollywood at New Line Cinema where his first studio projects included assisting the executive producer with post production on the feature film Frequency, and with development of the Denzel Washington film John Q. He then moved with his mentor Richard Saperstein to Artisan Entertainment where he became a creative executive. At Artisan, he worked with Kevin Feige and the Marvel team developing numerous titles including The Punisher. He subsequently moved to Lionsgate Films where he worked with Peter Block on the early films in the Saw franchise and other horror and genre titles.
After Lionsgate, Franklin worked at Dimension Films on the reboot of the Halloween franchise with director Rob Zombie, and on the Scary Movie franchise, which fulfilled a lifelong dream of working with David Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun). His last film as a development executive was Youth in Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta. He then joined visual effects producer Jonah Loop at Pangea Pictures, a VFX and post-production services company, whose projects included A Perfect Getaway, Brothers and The Warrior's Way.
He is currently the head of film and television for Partos Company, where he represents A-list cinematographers, production designers and costume designers.
Franklin is a graduate of Harvard University and has an M.F.A. from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.
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