Fritz Friedman is President of The Fritz Friedman Co., a Los-Angeles- based production and communications company. Currently, he is associate producing several film projects including “The State of Marriage,” a documentary on marriage equality, and the live-action bio-pic on world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. He is also producing an educational series promoting classical education (Latin and Homeric Greek) with Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Productions.
Among his clients are Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment (currently producing Independence Day: Resurgence), and Parrot Analytics (the L.A./New Zealand-based big data company).
Democratic National Committee Chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, recently appointed Friedman to the DNC’s Credentials Committee for the upcoming Democratic National Presidential Convention to be held in Philadelphia in July, 2016. Additionally, Governor Jerry Brown (California) recently appointed Friedman to his second 3-year term on the Board of California Humanities (the California Commission on the Humanities) where he serves as Vice Chair of Development.
Friedman is on the faculty of The Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism of The University of Southern California, and is a member of the Vassar College President’s Circle which advises the college administration on matters academic and financial.
Friedman sits on the Boards of Directors of Loyola Productions, the Jesuit media production company, and The Filipino American Library. He also serves on The Board of Advisors for Pac-Arts which produces the annual San Diego Asian American Film Festival and The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE).
Currently, Friedman is the Communications Co-chair for the Leaders Forum, a non-partisan organization made up of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) thought leaders and senior-level business pioneers whose goal is to place AAPIs in most senior government offices and C-suite positions.
In September, 2014, Friedman exited Sony Pictures Entertainment after 34 years holding the position of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Publicity for two divisions: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. During this exceptional tenure, he oversaw the worldwide publicity, corporate communication and media initiatives for the corporation’s multi-billion dollar a year global home entertainment company creating and executing some of its most successful publicity campaigns including those for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the “Spider-man” and “Men In Black” franchises, “The Social Network” “22 Jump Street” and “The Equalizer” as well as such iconic television hits as the “Seinfeld” and “Breaking Bad” TV-on-DVD series. Additionally, he helped launch two Sony divisions – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Affirm films.