Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on The Primetime Emmy Awards
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Liz attended Wesleyan University. Working for Pacific Renaissance, Liz began as a creative associate for a couple of seasons on Hercules, and then she was named associate producer. On Xena she started as a co-producer because she developed and helped to launch the show. Then she was promoted to producer, a supervising producer and ended as a co-executive producer. She left the production team during the sixth season, but still worked freelance as a writer for them. She often writes scripts in collaboration with Vanessa Place.
Liz is openly gay.
- Trivia & Quotes
Liz: (when asked her opinion on fan fiction) I think it's great stuff because what we're doing is inspiring people to write.
Liz: (when asked whether she prefers comedies or dramas) I prefer the darker ones. I like comedy a lot and I do love to laugh but I love dramatic story telling. I love a good story and a good twist. I think we`ve done some great comedies but by the time these things are done I`ve watched them four or five times and sometimes those laughs get a little thin, after about the fifth viewing.
Liz: The thrill about Xena is getting to make Wonder Woman for the 90s. That was always my favorite show when I was a kid except that I thought Wonder Woman cared too much about breaking her nails. Xena doesn't give a shit.
Liz: Xena works as a straight ahead tits-and-ass action show for lack of a more intellectual term. It`s an action show but the lead is first of all a woman and second of all a woman who never apologizes for being strong. It features two women who have a very intense relationship, who do not spend all of their time talking about either their sanitary protection or their boyfriends. In this way it ends up being, compared to what is typically on television, I think, fairly subversive. I don`t think we could get away with all that if it weren`t working on the fact that it is entertaining.
Liz often writes for TV with a partner, Vanessa Place.
Liz quite literally wears her homosexuality on her sleeve. The first time she met Director/Proucer Sam Raimi, she wore a Queer Nation sticker on her leather jacket. "I took the strategy in my life early on that I was going to be as out as I possibly could." Being out, Friedman says, "takes away something that people can use against you as a weapon."
Liz got her job as production assistant for Sam Raimi after she mailed her sociology thesis "A Feminist and Class-Based Analysis of Slasher Films" to various horror film producers, including him. In her thesis, Liz praises horror films for having strong female characters.
When asked why Gabrielle mostly walked while Xena rode a horse, Liz explained that horses cost a lot, and that they had to use three different horses to play Xena's horse Argo, and presumably would need three more to play Gabrielle's steed. So they decided to say that Gabrielle disliked riding to save money that would be better spent elsewhere.
Liz's favorite Xena episode is "Callisto" from the first season.