EXCLUSIVE: TV and film director Carl Franklin, who’s up for an Emmy for helming the Season 2 opener of Netflix drama House Of Cards, has signed with Paradigm. He won the Indie Spirit Award for helming 1992 crime pic One False Move from a script by Billy Bob Thornton; last week Franklin earned his first Emmy nod for Outstanding Direction for House Of Cards episode “Chapter 14.” He was most recently on ICM’s client roster.
Franklin’s features include the Denzel Washington starrer Devil In A Blue Dress which he wrote and directed, Fox’s High Crimes starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, and One True Thing starring Meryl Streep. He also reunited with Washington in 2003’s Out Of Time and helmed last year’s period lit adaptation Bless Me, Ultima. Fun fact: The writer, director, and producer started his career on the other side of the camera, appearing in features and on shows like The Fantastic Journey, McClain’s Law, and The A-Team. Now his helming credits span episodes of Showtime’s Homeland, HBO’s Newsroom, Starz’s Magic City, and TNT’s Falling Skies as well as upcoming HBO miniseries The Black Panthers, which he’s producing along with David Fincher.
Franklin’s producing partner and wife Jesse B. Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress, Bless Me, Ultima) and their Monarch Pictures banner will also be joining him as new Paradigm clients. Franklin’s additionally repped by Anonymous Content and Lawrence Rose at Gang, Tyre.