|Occupation||Television writer, producer|
Russel Friend is an American television writer and producer who served as an executive producer on the Fox series House, for which he won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2010 for co-writing the episode "Broken". He often works with his writing partner Garrett Lerner.
Friend's writing career began on the CBS crime series Martial Law, after which he served as a writer and producer on several series through the late 1990s until the early 2000s, including FreakyLinks, Roswell, John Doe, Boston Public, LAX and Smallville. In 2005, he and Lerner joined the writing staff of the medical mystery series House. Their first episode, "Acceptance", was the premiere of the second season. At the start of the fourth season Friend became an executive producer, a job which he currently still occupies. He is also a Consulting Producer and writer on Glee.
All co-written with Garrett Lerner.
In 2010, Friend was the recipient of the Writers Guild of America award for the House season six premiere "Broken", which he shared with Garrett Lerner, David Foster and David Shore. Four years running he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on House.