David T. Friendly, principal behind Friendly Films, is an Academy Award nominated producer for Best Picture nominee, Little Miss Sunshine. He has been a film producer and motion picture executive for over twenty-five years. During his career, Friendly has produced more than twenty-five films to date and worked with some of the most prestigious directors including Ron Howard, Ed Zwick and the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
Friendly’s next feature film project, I.T., stars Pierce Brosnan and James Frecheville and is expected to be released in spring 2016. Friendly’s television debut, Queen of the South (based on the novel La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte), premieres on USA network in 2016.
Friendly is the producer and creative force behind the hugely profitable Big Momma’s House franchise which has generated three films that have grossed over $400 million worldwide.
Prior to launching Friendly Films in 2006, Friendly partnered with financier, Marc Turtletaub and formed Deep River Productions. During his six year tenure at the Company, he produced Little Miss Sunshine (Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin) and Laws of Attraction (Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore).
Friendly was President of Davis Entertainment from 1994 to 1999 and produced numerous films during that period. This led to a first-look producing deal at 20th Century Fox where he produced Big Momma’s House (Martin Lawrence), Here on Earth (Josh Hartnett), Courage Under Fire (Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan), Out to Sea (Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau) and Doctor Dolittle (Eddie Murphy).
Friendly’s movie career began at Imagine Entertainment where he executive produced a number of films including My Girl (Macaulay Culkin), For Love or Money (Michael J. Fox) and Greedy (Kirk Douglas). During his tenure at Imagine, he rose to President of Production where he also oversaw The Burbs, The Dream Team, Kindergarten Cop and Backdraft.
Friendly began his career in journalism. At age 22, he was named staff writer for Newsweek. He later joined The Los Angeles Times, where he was an entertainment reporter and had his own weekly column, First Look.
Friendly is the son of legendary journalist, news producer and CBS President, Fred Friendly, who was portrayed by George Clooney in the Academy Award nominated film, Good Night, and Good Luck.
Friendly is V.P., Motion Pictures for the Producers Guild of America and produced the 2009 and 2010 Producers Guild Award Show. For more than twenty years, he has been an active member of the ‘Friends Board’ with The Saban Free Clinic which provides affordable, quality healthcare to those most in need.
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