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Heaven Is for Real

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the Colton’s father often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is that heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and to be ready … there is a coming last battle.

Akiane's portrait of Jesus is featured in the New York Times #1 Best Seller "Heaven is For Real" a little boy's astounding story of his trip to Heaven and back by Todd Burpo. In this story young Colton's Burpo's is near death when he has emergency surgery.

During the operation 4 year old Colton is taken into Heaven and returns back with memories of his other worldly experience. Over time, Colton's parents realize he has been to Heaven and back – while there he speaks of being with Jesus – the same exact likeness that Akiane painted many years earlier!

Todd Burpo, the author of "Heaven is for Real", called the Kramarik family and asked permission to use "Prince of Peace" in their upcoming book – the Kramarik's said yes - the rest is history in the making. The book has sold over 7 million copies in the first year and is now available in over 30 languages! Sony has purchased the movie rights and the movie "Heaven is for Real" is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2014!

News Release

Columbia Pictures Ups DeVon Franklin to the "Heaven is for Real" SVP Production

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 11:37am PDTTags: Columbia Pictures, DeVon Franklin

(Culver City, July 31, 2012) –  DeVon FranklinSVP Production DeVon Franklin has been named Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, to whom Franklin will report.

In his new role, Franklin will find, develop and supervise production of commercial material geared towards the urban and faith-based markets. He will work with all of the film divisions within the Sony Pictures umbrella. His next project will be the film adaptation of the New York Times Bestseller, Heaven Is For Real.

The promotion recognizes the executive's success supervising such hit films as The Karate Kid, Jumping the Broom, and the highly anticipated film Sparkle, starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

Franklin will continue to work on Columbia Pictures franchise titles such as The Karate Kid, Masters of the Universe and After Earth.

"DeVon has been a huge contributor to our development and production team since joining the studio in 2005," Belgrad said. "We are proud to recognize his achievements with this promotion. DeVon is positioned to capitalize on his unique skill set, experience and relationships and will further define Sony as an industry leader in telling stories for a diverse audience. His focus will complement the outstanding work being done by the Screen Gems and Affirm Films divisions."

Since joining Sony Pictures, Franklin has helped to oversee such hits as The Pursuit of Happiness, Hancock, and Seven Pounds, all of which starred Will Smith and saw enormous worldwide success as well as the hit film 21, starring Kevin Spacey.

An ordained preacher and published author who last year wrote "Produced By Faith," an inspirational and motivational self-help book chronicling his outlook on life and reflecting upon his experiences in the entertainment industry, Franklin joined the studio in 2005 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, where he served as an executive, shepherding such projects as Be Cool and Beauty Shop.

He began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment.

Franklin earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

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