Jeff Clanagan is an award-winning producer and innovator in entertainment. He currently holds roles as CEO and Founder of Codeblack Films a film production and distribution company dedicated to super-serving the Black community worldwide. A longtime business partner of Kevin Hart, Clanagan also serves as President and co-founder of Laugh Out Loud, the comedy network from the world’s top comedian Kevin Hart.
Their newest venture, Laugh Out Loud, is a global comedy focused, distributed, and diversified network reaching over 100MM across OTT streaming platforms, channels and formats. From stand-up legends to globally recognized digital influencers, Clanagan works with Hart and the LOL team to curate and cultivate the next generation of multicultural comedic storytellers. Clanagan also oversees the strategic vision and expansion of OTT Networks on platforms such as Pluto TV, Roku TV, Amazon as well as distribution partnerships with NBC Peacock.
In his role with Codeblack Films, Clanagan and his team have acquired and developed films for distribution such as the Golden Globe® nominated indie drama Frankie and Alice (Halle Berry) and Addicted, based on the popular urban novel by Zane, which grossed over $16 million at the box office.
Most recently, Clanagan broke new ground in theatrical marketing with his digital-first approach to the successful release of films like The Perfect Match and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, which generated $40M at the box office.
In 2013, Clanagan partnered with Hart to produce and release his concert movie, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which went on to gross $32 million at the box office. He also produced Hart’s comedy concert Kevin Hart: What Now? The historic special was filmed live in front 53,000 people, marking an unprecedented moment in comedy when Hart became the first ever comedian to headline an NFL stadium. Clanagan was also the producer of Hart’s stand-up comedy tour, What Now? which is the best-selling comedy tour of all time, grossing over $100 million with 1.3 million tickets sold.
Clanagan began his career as a concert promoter for the “HBO Def Comedy Jam” tour and NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” tour, of which the 2015 hit movie that grossed more than $200 million was based. He has also promoted shows for hip hop royalty including Mary J Blige, Will Smith, Run DMC, LL Cool J, among others.
In 1998, Clanagan moved into the film and television industry when he was named the President of rapper Master P’s No Limit Films. During his tenure, Clanagan cultivated the startup into a $40 million juggernaut multimedia company, producing a slate of profitable straight-to-video features. No Limit Films is now recognized as the pioneer of the home video sell-thru market.
Clanagan was a driving force behind the birth of the home entertainment business, with his proven success in the strategic marketing and distribution of home entertainment properties such as: The Def Comedy Jam series, BET’s Arabesque Films, And1 Mixtape and The Fat Albert TV series. Clanagan has released over 300 movie titles, which have grossed over $500 million dollars in revenue.
Clanagan has a passion for mentoring young people. In 2015, he created a sports division within his company called Codeblack Elite Track Club, which allows him to coach and mentor young adults in track and field. Codeblack Elite won the 2015 AAU National Club championship in the girls 14-year-old division. Clanagan is also the Track and Field sprint coach at Calabasas High School. At Calabasas, he coached the 2018 and 2019 CA State 100m champion. He currently has 5 athletes on scholarships running D1 College Track and Field.
Clanagan graduated from the University of Washington before attending Harvard Business School in its prestigious executive program. Clanagan was awarded the Pioneer Award from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) in 2014 and the Game Changer Achievement Award from Uptown Magazine and Kia Motors. Clanagan has also been named in the Ebony Power 150 and Black Enterprise top 50 Power Brokers and he has been profiled in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, and GQ Magazine.
Clanagan currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his family.