Speaker Peter Friedlander

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Peter Friedlander

Head of Scripted Series, U.S. and Canada


Peter Friedlander is Head of Scripted Series, U.S. and Canada. In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of original scripted series in the United States and Canada. He oversees the creative development and current production of a rich entertainment slate across drama, spectacle and event, four-quad and Young Adult programming, comedy and stand-up, and adult animation. He also leads the management of first-look and overall creative deals.  

Prior to his promotion in 2021, Friedlander oversaw original series focused on spectacle and event programming consisting of prestige dramas and limited series, elevated science fiction, fantasy and genre entertainment. He and his team were responsible for bringing to life such groundbreaking series as The Queen’s Gambit, When They See Us, Mindhunter, Black Mirror, The Haunting of Hill House, Love, Death and Robots, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and more. Their upcoming works include: Cowboy Bebop, Colin in Black & White (Ava DuVernay), and Three-Body Problem (Benioff & Weiss).

Joining in 2011 as the first dedicated employee on the Netflix original series team, Friedlander has played an integral and formative role on such defining shows as House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Narcos, Narcos: Mexico, Godless, Sense8, Marvel’s Daredevil and Wormwood.

Prior to Netflix, Friedlander was an executive at Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone production company for over eight years. He was a producer on their Emmy-nominated drama series Big Love and an executive on many of their feature films. In addition, he produced the indie film A Bag of Hammers that premiered at SXSW. Friedlander began his career working on film productions including Road To Perdition, Austin Powers In Goldmember, and Pieces Of April (Sundance premiere). Raised in Phoenix, Friedlander received a degree in Public Policy at Duke University and studied Urban Planning at UCLA.

Speaking on: Spotlight on Netflix

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