David Freid is an independent video producer (visual journalist, filmmaker, writer, editor, etc.), currently working on series with New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ and Sundance Institute. Before that, David was a video journalist at Digital First Media, serving more than 75 newspapers including Denver Post, Los Angeles Daily News, and San Jose Mercury.
David swapped coasts to take on the role of Video Journalist at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. At DFM, David produced a range of videos, from 15 second Instragram explainers, to stop-motion food prep, to an investigative multimedia feature about guns in America. He also worked with the Denver Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photography team at the 2014 Superbowl, and produced a video about Jimmy Fallon that @JimmyFallon made Twitter famous.
After DFM shuttered, David decided to stick it out in NYC and has since worked with Condé Nast and GQ on Soccerology, Vanity fair on The New Establishment, a storyteller series with the Sundance Institute, and 36 Hours, a travel series with The New York Times.
While in LA, David had multiple incarnations in the entertainment industry, from development, production and post, to camera, editing, design, and interactive. He has produced sports segments for ESPN and Fox Sports, a documentary about elves in Iceland, and festival favorites such as THE WIND FISHERMAN, CAKE, and WITHOUT PARIS. David has also worked in development at HBO Films and De Line Pictures (Warner Bros), and as producer in interactive media for Disney, Random House, and Dreamworks Animation – creating and spearheading the web experience for SHREK FOREVER AFTER. He is the recipient of three Telly Awards for advertising, and multiple awards for interactive. Additionally, his writing, photojournalism, and travel documentaries have been featured in the Huffington Post, LA Times, PBS, and BBC World News. While working with the Tiziano Project last year, he and his team were nominated for an American Giving Award for their work in community journalism. David’s most recent project in Los Angeles was in the story department on the first season of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW for MTV. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and an MFA from the American Film Institute.