Producer’s credits include Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Madea’s Witness Protection and Shaft.

Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, has hired Paul Hall [pictured] as head of development and production.

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.

The film and television producer’s credits include Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Madea’s Witness Protection and Shaft, and he has recently wrapped production on Addicted, based on Zane’s book, for Lionsgate.

Clanagan commented: “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.”

“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,” added Hall.

The deal was negotiated by Fox Rothschild LLP’s Darrell D. Miller on behalf of Hall with Newell 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.