Gil Friesen

Producer, 20 Feet from Stardom
Nominated for: Best Documentary

GIL FRIESEN joined the record industry soon after graduating school, starting in the mailroom at Capitol Records. Friesen eventually spent 27 years at A&M Records, 13 years of which he was the President and Partner. He was often referred to as the ampersand in A&M (The “A” standing for Herb Alpert and the “M” for Jerry Moss). The Breakfast Club and Blaze are two of the ten films he produced during the 1980s with A&M Films. Subsequent to A&M, Friesen helped start the Classic Sports Network and was President of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.