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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Signs First-Look Deal with Datari Turner

Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has signed a first-look deal with independent producer Datari Turner.

Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner.

“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.

Turner’s credits include “Luv,” starring Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert; “It’s a Disaster,” starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; “Dysfunctional Friends”; “Video Girl,” starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; the James Franco drama “About Cherry”; “Kilimanjaro,” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer; and “Another Happy Day,” starring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn.

Codeblack’s biggest success so far has been “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.” It also released “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” Forest Whitaker’s “Repentance” and Halle Berry’s “Frankie & Alice.”

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