David T. Friendly

David T. Friendly (born May 1, 1956) is an American film producer best known for co-producing the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

David T. Friendly
Friendly at the 2016 ATX Television Festival presentation for Queen of the South
Born (1956-05-01) May 1, 1956
New York
Alma materNorthwestern University (B.A., 1978)
Occupationfilm producer
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
AwardsIndependent 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.[1] 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,[2] when he was approached by Imagine Entertainment co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and he became Imagine's Vice President of Motion Pictures.[1] 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.[1] Friendly and producer/financier Marc Turtletaub founded Deep River Productions in September 2000 and,[3] after working at 20th Century Fox for three years where he produced Big Momma's House, they produced their first feature, Laws of Attraction.[1]

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.[4][5] After the release of Little Miss Sunshine, which had been in production at Deep River Productions for six years,[2] 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.[4] He is also set to produce the upcoming projects Office Romance, Q School, and The Warden.[4]

Personal life

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.[2] His brother is fellow producer Andy Friendly.[4] He is married to film editor Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.[1]



Title Role Director Release date Co-production Production company Notes
My GirlExecutive producerHoward ZieffNovember 27, 1991Imagine EntertainmentColumbia Pictures
For Love or MoneyExecutive producerBarry SonnenfeldOctober 1, 1993Universal Pictures
My Girl 2Executive producerHoward ZieffFebruary 11, 1994Columbia Pictures
GreedyExecutive producerJonathan LynnMarch 1, 1994Universal Pictures
Courage Under FireProducerEdward ZwickJuly 12, 1996Davis Entertainment20th Century Fox
The ChamberExecutive producerJames FoleyOctober 11, 1996Imagine EntertainmentUniversal Pictures
DaylightProducerRob CohenDecember 6, 1996Davis Entertainment
Out to SeaProducerMartha CoolidgeJuly 2, 199720th Century Fox
Dr. DolittleProducerBetty ThomasJune 26, 1998
Digging to ChinaProducerTimothy HuttonSeptember 11, 1998Moonstone Entertainment
Here on EarthProducerMark PiznarskiMarch 24, 200020th Century Fox
Big Momma's HouseProducerRaja GosnellJune 2, 2000Regency Enterprises
Laws of AttractionProducerPeter HowittApril 30, 2004Mobius Pictures
Deep River Productions
Irish Dreamtime
Initial Entertainment Group
New Line Cinema
The HoneymoonersProducerJohn SchultzJune 10, 2005Paramount Pictures
Duane HopwoodProducerMatt MulhernNovember 11, 2005Big BeachIFC Films
Big Momma's House 2ProducerJohn WhitesellJanuary 27, 2006Regency Enterprises20th Century Fox
Little Miss SunshineProducerJonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris
August 18, 2006Big Beach
Bona Fide Productions
Deep River Productions
Third Gear Productions
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Meet DaveProducerBrian RobbinsJuly 11, 2008Regency Enterprises20th Century Fox
Soul MenProducerMalcolm D. LeeNovember 7, 2008Dimension FilmsMGM
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonProducerJohn WhitesellFebruary 18, 2011Regency Enterprises20th Century Fox
SneakerheadzProducerDavid T. Friendly
Mick Patridge
August 7, 2015AT&T Originals
I.T.ProducerJohn MooreSeptember 23, 2016Voltage Pictures
Irish Dreamtime
Friendly Films
Fastnet Films
RLJ Entertainment


Title Creator Role Start date Last date Season Episode(s) Production company Network Notes
Queen of the South M.A. Fortin
Joshua John Miller
Executive producer June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23) present (present) 4 53 Frequency Films
Friendly Films
Fox 21 Television Studios
Universal Content Productions
USA Network


  1. "Board of Directors: David Friendly – Advisory Board". US-Ireland Alliance. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  2. Haggerty, Ryan (December 7, 2007). "The Producer". Northwestern University. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  3. Fleming, Michael (September 2004). "Deep River funnels indies to Big Beach". Daily Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  4. Fleming, Michael (September 24, 2004). "Fox, Friendly ink production pact". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  5. Gardner, Chris (November 20, 2005). "Hopper flows to Deep River". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
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