Mini Bio (1)
Mr. Friedman is a San Francisco native and cum laude graduate of the University of California. He began his career working with Alfred Hitchcock's Assistant Director at Universal Studios. As a Production Supervisor for George Lucas' Lucasfilm in San Rafael, California Louis contributed to high-grossing blockbusters; 'The Empire Strikes Back', 'Return of the Jedi', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' and 'More American Graffiti'. Friedman also worked with James Cameron as a Production Executive on 'Titanic', which has grossed over $2.19 billion worldwide.
As an Executive Producer, his upcoming films include 'Cocaine Cowboys' starring Mark Wahlberg and a film trilogy, 'The Truth About the War In Heaven'. Friedman served as Executive Producer on 'Lone Survivor' which is presently in Oscar contention for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Stunts, Make-Up and Sound. 'Lone Survivor' is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg. Friedman has over eight film credits as an Executive Producer on successful American films including 'American Pie III, IV', 'Piranha 3D', 'Into the Blue', 'Blue Crush', 'How High', and 'Accepted'. Friedman also served as Production Executive on 'Starship Troopers' for Columbia Pictures, directed by Dutch Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. This science fiction/cult classic grossed over $121 million dollars worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Visual Effects.
His recent credits include '2 Guns' and he served as Co-Producer on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', the original 'American Pie' and 'Slackers' (Cameron Diaz). On the television side, Friedman's extensive credits include 'The Office', 'JAG', 'L.A. Law', 'Murder She Wrote', 'Hunter', 'Out of Time', 'Gun', various Movies of the Week and 'Sesame Street'.
As a seasoned Producer, Co-producer, Line Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director, Friedman has extensive expertise in working with worldwide film commissions to select U.S. and international locations that offer filmmakers generous tax credits and cash rebates. As a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America, he has also served as a faculty member for the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, Maine where he taught Budgeting and Scheduling for Motion Pictures.
Friedman's film career is recognized by the American and International Film Markets. Having worked on many successful American movies, his feature films alone have grossed over $6 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. More recently, he was sought after by China's film studios to assist with planning of the Wuxi Water Theme Park in the Jiangsu Province of China which is now completed.
Friedman's credentials span a wide range of genres; comedy, family fare, action/adventure, suspense, and science fiction, including many high-concept films. With a breadth of more than thirty years of experience in the film industry, he has worked with many of the American Film Market's most accomplished directors, producers, writers and actors. Friedman has had nearly a dozen films distributed by Universal Pictures and has worked with NBC Television, Universal Television, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Showtime, HBO, Mirage Entertainment, United Artists, MGM, Miramax, The Weinstein Company and a myriad of other independent production companies.
Friedman has worked on fourteen feature films that have grossed over $100 million dollars in box office revenue. He has worked on over 70 films, with 35 Oscar nominations and 21 Oscar wins and his television projects have received a total of 352 nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 12 Golden Globe awards and 25 Emmy awards.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: BW