Hannah Friedman

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Hannah Friedman
BornHannah Friedman
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Writer
  • director
  • producer
  • musician
Alma materYale University
GenreNon-fiction, young adult fiction

Hannah Friedman is an American writer, producer, musician and director.

She is known for writing and producing roles in film and television, including projects with ABS, Amazon, CBS, Comedy Central, Conaco, Disney, DreamWorks, Hasbro, Imagine, Keshet, Lionsgate, NBC, Netflix, Pixar, Showtime, Titmouse, Universal TV, Warner Brothers and Wizards of the Coast.[1][2] Her writing has also been featured in Newsweek and Cosmopolitan. Her memoir, Everything Sucks, was published in 2009.[3]

Friedman has worked as a feature writer on the Pixar Braintrust and at Disney Feature Animation. She is the co-executive producer for Willow[4][5] on Disney+, and a consulting producer/writer on Obi-Wan Kenobi for Lucasfilm, starring Ewan McGregor.

Articles and books[edit]

In 2004 Friedman's article When Your Friends Become The Enemy was published in Newsweek Magazine. It described the difficulties of the college application process. Friedman remains one of the youngest people to have been published in Newsweek.[6]

Friedman's debut book, Everything Sucks, was a teen memoir released by HCI Books in August 2009. It recounts her adolescence being homeschooled on a tourbus, as well as her struggle to fit in at a boarding school on scholarship, leading to what the author describes as a story of "sex, drugs, and SATs".

Everything Sucks was reviewed on Salon.com, concluding, "Not only is Friedman's writing striking for its blunt, unromantic realism; her prose also displays a self-aware wit that is all too rare in the genre".[7]


Friedman has made appearances on Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening, (2016)[8] Don’t Tell My Mother! (2016), The Moth (2017), Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) and Lake Bell’s I Do Until I Don’t (2017).

Musical career[edit]

Friedman is a musician and lyricist. She was a writer and co-composer with Benj Pasek, Mark Sonnenblick and Shaina Taub for StoryCourse's Saturday Night Seder.[9][10]

Friedman wrote the script for My Silent Night,[11] a musical, which premiered at the Salzburg State Theatre in 2018, a project with composer John Debney and songwriter Siedah Garrett.[12]

In October 2009, Friedman was asked to perform at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the National Coalition Against Censorship, a charity benefit gala hosted by Judy Blume. Friedman wrote and performed an original comedy song called Party Like It's 1984.[13]

Friedman was an early adopter YouTuber using her account WritingHannah[14] to share comedy songs and sketches.

Early life and education[edit]

Friedman was born in New York City. She is the elder of two children born to singer-songwriter Dean Friedman. Hannah's mother trained monkeys. While in this job, she adopted a capuchin monkey named Amelia, who has lived with the family for almost thirty years.[15]

Friedman studied theater at Yale.


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (October 20, 2020). "'Willow' Series a Go at Disney+". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest for Cool". Publishers Weekly. August 31, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 30, 2020). "'Willow': Erin Kellyman, Cailee Spaeny & Ellie Bamber Poised To Star In Disney+ Series". Deadline.com. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Creamer, Jon (October 21, 2020). "Disney+ to shoot Willow reboot in Wales next year". Televisual. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Friedman, Hannah (2004). "When Your Friends Become the Enemy". Newsweek.
  7. ^ "Prep school casualty - Salon.com". salon.com. August 5, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hannah Friedman - Monkey Sister - This Is Not Happening - Uncensored". Youtube. Comedy Central. June 28, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Rosman, Katherine (April 9, 2020). "What Can You Do for People in Crisis? Put on a Seder Show". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (June 30, 2020). "Songs From Virtual Passover 'Saturday Night Seder' Released for Charity". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Scully, Barbara (December 8, 2018). "Silent Night turns 200: Celebrating a classic Christmas carol in Salzburg". Irish Examiner. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Jackson, Mark (December 15, 2018). "A Song Is Celebrated: 200 Years Of "Silent Night"". Caldwell Journal. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "35th Anniversary Celebration! -- NCAC". Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  14. ^ "WritingHannah - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  15. ^ Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest for Cool: Hannah Friedman: 9780757307751: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 0757307752.

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