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Some Friendly Advice

“Little Miss Sunshine” producer talks about moving from journalism to show biz

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November 17, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Former journalist and veteran film producer David Friendly will discuss his career switch from journalism to show business and the life lessons he learned along the way when he delivers the Crain Lecture Friday, Nov. 19, at Northwestern University.

The lecture, “HELP! Strategies for Career Survival in a World Where the Only Constant Is Change,” will take place at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism in 1978, Friendly worked as a staff writer for Newsweek and covered the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times. The producer of more than 20 movies, he is best known for “Little Miss Sunshine,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite and Academy Award winner that a number of studio executives initially turned down.

About a 7-year-old beauty pageant wannabe and her dysfunctional family, “Little Miss Sunshine” won Oscars both for best original screenplay and best supporting actor. It grossed nearly $60 million in the United States alone.

Friendly’s film credits also include “Courage Under Fire” and the “Big Momma’s House” franchise.

Presented by Medill, the popular Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series regularly brings journalists, newsmakers and others discussing current events and the news business to the Evanston campus.

For more on Friendly’s speech or upcoming Crain Lectures, call (847) 491-5401, email jpgilbert@northwestern.edu or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/.
Topics: Campus Life