CodeBlack Entertainment

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CodeBlack Entertainment
Industry Entertainment
Founded (2005)
Headquarters Universal City, California, United States
Key people
Jeff Clanagan, CEO, Codeblack Entertainment
Quincy Newell, EVP, Codeblack Entertainment and President of Codeblack Interactive
Products Motion pictures
Website Official website

CodeBlack Entertainment is an American entertainment conglomerate founded and run by an African-American entrepreneur, Jeff Clanagan.

CodeBlack Entertainment is the first independent, vertically integrated African-American-owned film studio, involved in feature film production, film distribution, worldwide DVD and digital assets distribution, urban marketing consulting, and production of programs for television broadcast and syndication.[citation needed]

According to its founder, CodeBlack Entertainment was created to facilitate positive representations of African-Americans in film. CodeBlack provides urban-themed programming that is distributed across theatrical, digital, broadcast and internet-based platforms. CodeBlack's library consists of dramatic, comedic, romantic and faith-based titles featuring top African-American and Latino talent.[1]

CodeBlack Entertainment has developed a strategic business alliance with one of Hollywood's biggest media conglomerates, 20th Century Fox.[2] Codeblack presently has a multi-picture deal with 20th Century Fox's new film distribution division, Fox Faith, to produce six original films targeting the African-American faith-based market. The first two productions are film adaptations of the 1980s Off-Broadway gospel musical hit Mama, I Want to Sing! and the popular play A Good Man is Hard to Find.[3] In June 2009, CB entered into a partnership with basketball player Shaquille O’Neal to produce and distribute his All Star Comedy Jam series.[4] Featuring some of the most celebrated stand-up comics of the present day, the first installment of the series premiered on Showtime on June 17, 2009, and was directed by Leslie Smalls.[5] The second installment of the All Star Comedy Jam series was filmed on June 26, 2009 in Miami and premiered December 5, 2009.[6] CodeBlack continues to produce and distribute the All Star Comedy Jam series as of 2015.


Vivendi Entertainment

CodeBlack is in a multi-year North American distribution partnership with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE). Vivendi Entertainment was a division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). UMGD is the US sales and distribution division of Universal Music Group. Gaiam Inc. acquired Vivendi Entertainment.

Vision Films

CB has established a strategic distribution partnership with international licensing company Vision Films (VF). VF will handle licensing of a select group of CodeBlack titles to key international territories. Vision Films is an independent, worldwide distributor of feature films, documentary specials, series, music, and reality programming. Vision Films licenses its television, video/DVD, and new media rights to both international and domestic markets.

Boss'N Up, 7eventy 5ive, Preaching to the Choir, and Steve Harvey's Don't Trip... are CodeBlack properties under the management of Vision Films.

CodeBlack Interactive

CodeBlack Interactive is a wholly owned subsidiary of CodeBlack Enterprises LLC. CBI's focus is on aggregating content rights and selling its library of digital video programming across all available digital platforms. CodeBlack Interactive has acquired all of CodeBlack Entertainment's current and future digital rights and is aggressively pursuing and acquiring digital rights to third-party content. CBI's partners include pure play digital retailers, DVD retailers who have added a digital component, mobile companies, and retailers with emerging business models that take advantage of the increasing acceptance of digital formats.

CodeBlack Interactive's digital library consists of more than 50 video programs.

CodeBlack Interactive is also the creator and developer of CodeBlackTV, the world's first on-demand broadband network devoted exclusively to serving fans of black film,[citation needed] which is available on Hulu.


CodeBlack currently has a partnership with Hulu to deliver original content focused on the urban demographic through its CodeBlackTV channel on the Hulu website.

Lionsgate Films

On May 3, 2012, Lionsgate Films joined forces with CodeBlack Enterprises' CEO Jeff Clanagan to create CodeBlack Films. CodeBlack Films will be based at Lionsgate.[7]

Original productions

  • Don't Trip... He Ain't Through with Me Yet (2006)
  • I Tried (2007)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find (2008)
  • President Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey (2009)
  • All Star Comedy Jam (2009)
  • All Star Comedy Jam: Live from South Beach (2009)
  • Mama, I Want to Sing! (2009)
  • Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)[8]
  • Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam — Live from Dallas (2010)
  • Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain (2011)
  • Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam — Live from Orlando (2012)
  • Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam — Live from Atlanta (2013)
  • Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam — Live from Las Vegas (2014)

Distributor titles


  1. Nicole LaPorte (2006-11-20). "Codeblack books five pix". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find (2008)". Retrieved 2014-02-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "All Star Comedy Jam (2009)". Retrieved 2014-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "All Star Comedy Jam: Live from South Beach (2009)". Retrieved May 7, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Lionsgate Pacts With CodeBlack CEO Jeff Clanagan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Codeblack Entertainment (US)". Retrieved 2014-02-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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