SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) company, has hired veteran film and television producer Paul Hall as Head of Development and Production, the Company announced today. Hall's previous credits span more than two decades of the African-American film experience, including films such as Tyler Perry'sTemptation, For Colored Girls, Madea's Witness Protection, Good Deeds, Shaft and Higher Learning, among others. Hall will work closely with Codeblack Films' President Jeff Clanagan and General Manager Quincy Newell to expedite the development of key properties for production and theatrical release for the studio. He has recently wrapped production on "Addicted" based on the popular book by Zane for Lionsgate. "Paul has a superb track record as a creative force in our industry, and his addition to our team broadens Codeblack's influence, expands our capabilities and advances our mission to serve the African-American market with a diverse range of branded quality content," said Clanagan. "His wealth of experience will further Codeblack's efforts to conceive, produce, market and distribute film properties that represent and articulate the African-American community's cultural experience worldwide." "I was attracted to Codeblack by their unique understanding of the evolving African-American market and their commitment to serve this market with films that portray African-Americans in a positive light," said Hall. "At a time when the multicultural market is exerting greater influence on global entertainment, media and technology trends than ever before, Codeblack has emerged as one of the most dynamic and exciting players in this critical space." The deal was negotiated by Fox Rothschild LLP's Darrell D. Miller on behalf of Mr. Hall with Quincy Newell, Codeblack Films' General Manager who also recruited Hall. Brett Pugliese, Lionsgate's VP of Business and Legal Affairs, and business affairs executive Greg Snodgrass, of Business Affairs Inc. handled legal duties on behalf of Codeblack Films. Codeblack's comedy " Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," featuring one of America's hottest young comedic talents, will be released nationwide by Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, on July 3. Codeblack has unveiled an upcoming slate that includes the romantic drama "Things Never Said," written and directed by Charles Murray, and George Tillman, Jr.'s "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and coproduced by multiplatinum recording artist and Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. About Codeblack FilmsCodeblack Films, a division of leading global entertainment company LIONSGATE ®, is a vertically integrated film production and distribution company focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands cross platform monetization solutions. Entertainment industry veteran Jeff Clanagan founded Codeblack Films in 2012. Codeblack Films' core objective is to super serve the global black community with quality programming and help its content and brand partners access the enormous spending power of the rapidly growing African-American consumer market. Codeblack Films' understanding of the social context of this fast evolving market; values, attitudes, behavior, trends and pre-trends, provides a unique ability to position its content and brand partners in the center of influence. Codeblack Films operational capabilities include; motion picture production and distribution, strategic acquisitions, television programming and syndication, home entertainment distribution, digital distribution, new channel platform monetization and international distribution and sales.