October 16, 2021


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Searchlight Promotes Production Executives – Diversity

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Searchlight Pictures has promoted Taylor Friedman as Senior Vice President of Production and Richard Ruiz as Vice President of Production.

Friedman, who has been with Searchlight since 2009, previously served as vice president of production, and Ruiz, who joined the indie label in 2015, previously served as production director. Katie Goodson-Thomas, head of film production at both executive searchlights, will continue to report to Thomas and Dantrum Nguyen.

During his time on Searchlight, Friedman Chloe Zhao’s “Namdland”, Taika Weitti’s “Jojo Rabbit”, Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Mariel Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Nominated or won an Oscar. Friedman is currently working on Weitty’s upcoming film “Next Goal Wins”, Eva Longoria’s feature director debut “Flamin Hot” and Macdona’s next film “The Banshis of Inisarin”. Prior to Searchlight, he worked at Paramount Vantage and De Bonaventura Pictures after graduating from Brown University.

Ruiz began as a creative executive. He has acted in films such as Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favorite”, Dom Karukowski’s “Tolkien” and Radio Silence’s “Ready or Not”. He oversaw this fall’s “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” which is expected to fatten up the competition for the prize. He is currently overseeing Andrew Ahn’s “Fire Island” starring Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Young. Prior to Searchlight, Ruiz worked with director Kimberly Pierce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) on several film and TV projects, including the 2013 version of “Carrie” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. He is a graduate of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

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