‘Blacklist’ Actor Harry Lennix Launches Movie Production Company (EXCLUSIVE)

Harry Lennix
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Harry Lennix, who played a general in “Man of Steel” and the assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division on NBC’s “The Blacklist,” has quietly become a prolific producer with three movie projects already completed.

“I decided that I needed to take control,” the Chicago native told Variety.

He’s starred in and financed “H4,” a street version of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV”; “Mr. Sophistication,” chronicling the journey of a stand-up comedian inspired by Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor; and “Revival,” a gospel concert movie starring Mali Music, described by Lennix as “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ meets ‘The Wiz.'”

With longtime associate Steve Harris, the duo has formed Exponent Media Group and made a distribution deal for “H4” and the concert movie to be shown through Nehst Media’s Digiplex chain early next year. He’s assembling investors for a film fund with plans for five more films over the next three years in the $1 million range.

“It wasn’t easy to get this far — Steve and I are just two guys from Chicago,” he added. “What we want to do is to make good quality films that we actually want to make for a price.”

Lennix acknowledges that he’s been able to work regularly in movies, TV and stage over the last three decades with credits including TV roles in “Commander in Chief,”  “24” and “ER” and movie roles in “State of Play,” “Ray,” “The Matrix: Revolutions” and “The Matrix: Reloaded.” But he also believes that it’s not enough.

“I would love to just keep acting but I’m forced to make business for myself,” he added. “And because of the improvements in production equipment, costs have gone down. I just wish I’d thought of this 20 years ago.”

Nehst CEO Larry Meistrich and Digiplex CEO Bud Mayo both said they believe Lennix can deliver to audiences hungry for alternative programming.

“We’re going to give his films a limited release but they won’t be tiny,” Meistrich added. “Harry is providing movies that are not cliched.”

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  1. So why don’t you run for president, Mr. Lenox? Let’s see if you can do a better job of being a puppet.

    • Gothere says:

      Oh shut up!! With your hatin’ ass!! The Brotha’ has done something not easy to do in the industry!! You haven’t done it!! Stop hatin’!! I bet if Mr. Charlie would’ve started a Production Company, you would’ve said nothing!! Shut your ass up and let the man be successful!!

  2. To me this is a two fold situation, yes I feel Blacks should be financing our on images, but then there is the struggle to get out into Their controlled industry. But too, to many of our Black Achievers are to busy trying to Fit-in.

  3. Awesome!!!! News… Super Thrilled for Mr. Harry Lennix..A super talented & gifted individual.

  4. J.Q. HOLLAND DARDEN says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY, MR.HARRY LENNIX,YOU’RE THE CHIEF!! I’M “J.Q.HOLLAND DARDEN, & OUR CITY OF CHGO, WE.. ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU”!! YES YOU CAN!!! CHICAGO’S VERY OWN!! “J.Q.HOLLAND DARDEN!!! “

  5. Congratulations. I am so excited for you. I am currently working on a project myself.

  6. Allen Sharper says:

    This is great news, Congradulations! Now that your production company is up and running are there particular films looked for to produce? I majored in Physics in college and I am an inventor with my first patented technology in the automobile industry; I have had( and still having )some difficulty getting to the market so I authored my first screenplay/film to help promote my invention, my experiences, and the many talents of the youth I have met along the way. My questions as I work to complete my film budget is: With a storyline that is based in Chicago How do I grab the attention of producers from Chicago to produce or co-produce my film? After watching Love Jones, The Matrix, and visiting (being from Florida) Chicago area it felt like I discovered a place of great culture similar to New York, but different and just as rich in appeal. While I’m not looking to produce the film myself, what makes a great film in your thoughts? Are there agents to contact that can help marry screenplays to equally yoked production companies to make for healthy business relationship? Thanks in advanced for any feedback, insight, or attention you may be able to provide.

    Sincerely,
    Allen Sharper

  7. tina says:

    I’m delighted to hear this. It’s looooooooong overdue and desperately needed. Thank you Mr. Lennix!

  8. Andrews says:

    Wonderful! I wish you the best!

  9. foxbrownfox says:

    Reblogged this on The House That Fox Built and commented:
    This is awesome. #BlackExcellence #HarryLennix

  10. Dave McNary says:

    Fixed, thanks for reaching out

  11. This is a really awesome action of Faith. It is great to see people go in, execute and subdue that which has always been–a part of destiny.

  12. Joansdale Boyd says:

    Congratulations Mr.Harry Lennix !

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