Brenda Friend and her company, Old Beantown Films, have been developing and producing projects for television and feature films for the past four years.
Friend has most recently produced The Dive from Clausen's Pier and will begin production late this year on What If God Were the Sun? for Lifetime Television and Fox Studios. While in an overall deal with Alliance Atlantis Communications, she was the executive producer on the CBS telefilm Jenifer. She also served as co-executive producer on the four-hour miniseries Joan of Arc, which received 13 Emmy® Award nominations and four Golden Globe® Award nominations and won the coveted Television Critics Association Award for Best Movie or Miniseries. In addition, she contributed to the development of the Alliance Atlantis telefilms Crossed Over and The Salem Witch Trials, When Billie Beat Bobby and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, among others.
Friend spent five years as both an executive and producer at Once Upon A Time Films. Projects during her tenure there included Arnold Schwarzenegger's directorial debut, Christmas in Connecticut, for TNT, Survive the Night for USA Network, Hostage for a Day for FOX and Without Consent for ABC. She also acted as supervising producer on the television movies Nothing But the Truth, Falling for You and A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, all for CBS. She also served as executive producer on Murder at My Door for FOX.
Friend additionally held the post of vice president, movies and miniseries, for Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where she served as co-producer on I Love You Perfect and Living a Lie. She also contributed to the development of such television movies as Always Remember I Love You, Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted and the Emmy® Award-nominated Hallmark Hall of Fame Production A Place for Annie.