Robert N. Fried

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Robert N. Fried
Occupation Film producer, screenwriter, studio executive and media entrepreneur
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Nancy Travis
Children 2 sons

Robert N. Fried (also known as Rob Fried) is an American film producer, screenwriter, studio executive and media entrepreneur.


His film credits include the sports film Rudy as well as the popular films So I Married an Axe Murderer, Boondock Saints and Collateral. Fried has also produced numerous short films and won an Academy Award in 1992 for his short film Session Man.[1] Other film credits include Only You, Godzilla, Winchell, The Man, Man of the Year and Two Can Play That Game.[2]

As a studio executive, Rob Fried served as President and CEO of Savoy Pictures in the mid-1990s and was responsible for numerous films including Soul Food, A Simple Plan, The Adventures of Pinocchio, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Prior to Savoy, he was Vice President at Orion Pictures working for Mike Medavoy and Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures working for Dawn Steel. His films of responsibility during that period included Hoosiers, Bull Durham, Mississippi Burning, Throw Momma from the Train, Robocop, Colors, and Casualties of War.[3]

In 1996, as a media entrepreneur, Rob Fried founded Precision Entertainment, later named and later named WHN. By 2000, WHN was the leading e-commerce service provider to the entertainment industry and employed over 230 people. Clients included MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Playboy, TV Guide, The US Winter Olympics, Kmart stores, and many others.[3]

In 2007, Fried founded Spirit EMX and the subscription streaming site, which is devoted to life-affirming content about hope and inspiration. The site features nearly 100 original, in-house written, produced and edited shorts that have received great accolades and recognition. It also features hundreds of other professionally produced films, shorts, documentaries and lectures that share a similar sensibility.

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Robert Fried married actress Nancy Travis, they have two sons.[4] Robert Fried is an alumnus of Cornell University[5] and Columbia University.[3]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Session Man". NY Times. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Robert N. Fried". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "President and CEO: Robert N. Fried". InvestorsShub. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nancy Travis". Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Producer Rob Fried '81 aims to make little films with big hearts". Cornell Alumni Magazine. March–April 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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