Lionsgate’s Codeblack Inks First-Look Deal With Datari Turner

LUV and It’s A Disaster producer Datari Turner has scored a first-look deal with Codeblack Films, Lionsgate’s specialty arm geared toward black audiences. The agreement gives Codeblack all North America rights to Turner’s slate of microbudget films via his Datari Turner Productions shingle.

Since founding the company in 2010, Turner has produced Sundance pics Another Happy Day, Salvation Boulevard, and LUV, as well as the James Franco starrer About Cherry. codeblackIn that short time he’s also produced indie releases It’s A Disaster starring Julia Stiles, Kilimanjaro starring Brian Geraghty, crime drama Kid Cannabis, Video Girl starring Meagan Good, and ensemble comedy Dysfunctional Friends. “Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make powerful films that connect with moviegoers,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan, who founded the label in 2012. “The Codeblack family is proud to work with him as part of our goal of empowering filmmakers who create quality movies that showcase diversity for an often underserved multicultural audience.”

Codeblack scored a hit last year with Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and has the thriller Addicted, based on the novel by Zane, in theaters next month. Codeblack Films EVP & General Manager Quincy Newell, Lionsgate EVP Business & Legal Affairs Jean Chi and executive Greg Snodgrass of Business Affairs Inc negotiated the deal. Turner is repped by CAA.

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