Jeff Freilich (Executive Producer)

  • Jeff Freilich has worked for 40 years as a writer, producer, and director in episodic television, cable motion pictures, and feature films. He began by rewriting screenplays, along with partner Tim Hunter, for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and Sam Arkoff’s AIP.

    At Universal, his work as Executive Story Consultant on Baretta and Quincy and as writer/producer of The Incredible Hulk earned him his first Emmy® nomination. In his 13-year tenure at Lorimar/Warner Bros., Jeff created three network television series and served as writer/director/Executive Producer on Falcon Crest, Dark Justice, Better Days, Freddy’s Nightmares, and several other episodic comedies and dramas. In all, he has participated in the production of more than 500 hours of television.

    In his nine-year association with Paramount Pictures, Jeff worked in partnership with Norman Jewison on the Emmy®- and Cable Ace Award-winning Picture Windows for Showtime. In collaboration with Barbra Streisand, Jeff produced “Rescuers” — three feature-length films, winning the Humanitas, Wilber, Christopher, and Emmy® awards. He received the GLADD Award as producer of Leon Ichaso’s Execution of Justice. He wrote, produced, and directed Naked City for Showtime as well as Code Name Phoenix for UPN. He served as Executive Producer on Jim McBride’s Meatloaf — To Hell and Back for VH1. He consulted with Peter Bogdanovich on the production of The Cat’s Meow for Lionsgate. In addition, Jeff has produced films for Bob Rafelson, Jonathan Kaplan, Tim Hunter, John Boorman, Lynne Littman, and Tony Bill. He formed a partnership with Michael Douglas, Peter Bogdanovich, and Zack Norman to develop motion pictures based on the works of Cornell Woolrich and Damon Runyon. He produced three films for Twentieth Century Fox (Bachelor Party: The Last Temptation, Wrong Turn: Dead End, and Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia) and one for Universal (Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure) before returning to television as Executive Producer and director of USA’s Burn Notice. He produced the first two seasons of Grace and Frankie for Netflix and served as producer/director of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire for four seasons.

    Previously, he served as a senior mentor at the American Film Institute, teaching the Advanced Producing Workshop. He has lectured at NYU Tisch, Stanford, and UCLA. Freilich is a graduate in fine arts of NYC’s High School of Music and Art. He has a degree in psychology from Antioch College, attended USC’s School of Medicine, and at the AFI, produced Tim Hunter’s thesis film, Devil’s Bargain.

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