David T. Friendly
David T. Friendly
|Born||May 1, 1956|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University (B.A., 1978)|
|Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Film|
2007 Little Miss Sunshine
After graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1978, Friendly became a journalist, a staff writer at newsmagazine Newsweek. He moved to the Los Angeles Times in 1985 where he wrote about the entertainment industry and had a weekly column exploring the business side of the film industry until 1987, when he was approached by Imagine Entertainment co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and he became Imagine's Vice President of Motion Pictures. With Imagine, he executive produced My Girl, My Girl 2, For Love or Money, Greedy, and The Chamber. In 1994, Friendly joined Davis Entertainment as President, where he produced Daylight and Digging to China, as well as overseeing the development and production of many other Davis films. With his own independent company, Friendly Productions, he has produced the 2000 film Here on Earth. Friendly and producer/financier Marc Turtletaub founded Deep River Productions in September 2000 and, after working at 20th Century Fox for three years where he produced Big Momma's House, they produced their first feature, Laws of Attraction.
Friendly went on to produce Duane Hopwood, The Honeymooners and Big Momma's House 2 with Deep River under different labels before producing the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine with Turtletaub, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Peter Saraf, for which they were all nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and a BAFTA Award for Best Film, as well as winning an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and a PGA Award for a Theatrical Motion Picture. After the release of Little Miss Sunshine, which had been in production at Deep River Productions for six years, Friendly and Turtletaub split and left the company to work elsewhere and Friendly made a two-year producing deal with 20th Century Fox that landed him producing roles on the 2008 film Meet Dave and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. He is also set to produce the upcoming projects Office Romance, Q School, and The Warden.
Friendly is the son of Fred W. Friendly, the president of CBS News from 1964 to 1966, whom George Clooney portrayed in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck. His brother is fellow producer Andy Friendly. He is married to film editor Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.
|Title||Role||Director||Release date||Co-production||Production company||Notes|
|My Girl||Executive producer||Howard Zieff||November 27, 1991||Imagine Entertainment||Columbia Pictures|
|For Love or Money||Executive producer||Barry Sonnenfeld||October 1, 1993||Universal Pictures|
|My Girl 2||Executive producer||Howard Zieff||February 11, 1994||Columbia Pictures|
|Greedy||Executive producer||Jonathan Lynn||March 1, 1994||Universal Pictures|
|Courage Under Fire||Producer||Edward Zwick||July 12, 1996||Davis Entertainment||20th Century Fox|
|The Chamber||Executive producer||James Foley||October 11, 1996||Imagine Entertainment||Universal Pictures|
|Daylight||Producer||Rob Cohen||December 6, 1996||Davis Entertainment|
|Out to Sea||Producer||Martha Coolidge||July 2, 1997||20th Century Fox|
|Dr. Dolittle||Producer||Betty Thomas||June 26, 1998|
|Digging to China||Producer||Timothy Hutton||September 11, 1998||Moonstone Entertainment|
|Here on Earth||Producer||Mark Piznarski||March 24, 2000||20th Century Fox|
|Big Momma's House||Producer||Raja Gosnell||June 2, 2000||Regency Enterprises|
|Laws of Attraction||Producer||Peter Howitt||April 30, 2004||Mobius Pictures|
Deep River Productions
Initial Entertainment Group
|New Line Cinema|
|The Honeymooners||Producer||John Schultz||June 10, 2005||Paramount Pictures|
|Duane Hopwood||Producer||Matt Mulhern||November 11, 2005||Big Beach||IFC Films|
|Big Momma's House 2||Producer||John Whitesell||January 27, 2006||Regency Enterprises||20th Century Fox|
|Little Miss Sunshine||Producer||Jonathan Dayton|
|August 18, 2006||Big Beach|
Bona Fide Productions
Deep River Productions
Third Gear Productions
|Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Meet Dave||Producer||Brian Robbins||July 11, 2008||Regency Enterprises||20th Century Fox|
|Soul Men||Producer||Malcolm D. Lee||November 7, 2008||Dimension Films||MGM|
|Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Producer||John Whitesell||February 18, 2011||Regency Enterprises||20th Century Fox|
|Sneakerheadz||Producer||David T. Friendly|
|August 7, 2015||AT&T Originals|
|I.T.||Producer||John Moore||September 23, 2016||Voltage Pictures|
- "Board of Directors: David Friendly – Advisory Board". US-Ireland Alliance. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Haggerty, Ryan (December 7, 2007). "The Producer". Northwestern University. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Fleming, Michael (September 2004). "Deep River funnels indies to Big Beach". Daily Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Fleming, Michael (September 24, 2004). "Fox, Friendly ink production pact". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
- Gardner, Chris (November 20, 2005). "Hopper flows to Deep River". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.