Fred Herrman grew up for the first ten years of his life in a house atop the Hollywood Hills, a neighborhood with a clear view from Dodgers Stadium to Century City where there were still many open lots to be sold in the early 1970’s. His father built their first house for $55,000 in 1962. At age ten, the family moved down to the quaint, and at that time, sleepy neighborhood of Studio City's Longridge Estates neighborhood, which was later to become one of the mecca’s of movie star homes.
Some of the entertainment folks who lived within a stone’s throw of Fred’s parents’ house were Elizabeth Montgomery, Barbara Eden, William Conrad, David Rose, Loni Anderson, Steven Segal, Patrick Swayze, Robert Hegyes, Drew Barrymore and her mother, Andy & David Williams, and Leif Garrett, among many more.
Fred had many interests growing up, including film, music, stock investing, homes, and traveling. His parents introduced him to many places in the United States through family trips, especially New York, Boston, and surrounding areas where they have extended family.
He attended the University of Southern California and majored in psychology, having had a mother who was a child development specialist. He also focused on film and music during his time at U.S.C., learning to play jazz piano and attended Boston’s Berklee’s College of Music for a summer performance program. After having been graduated from U.S.C. in 1988, he worked in group homes and psychiatric hospitals with children and adults for four years before deciding to move into entertainment.
Fred joined the Walt Disney Company in 1993, starting first in their television division as a Production Assistant on “Boy Meets World,” then moving into their feature animation devision and onto his first of six films, “Pocahontas,” where he would serve as a Production Supervisor. Fred worked with Roy Disney, nephew of the legendary, Walt Disney, on "Fantasia 2000." He also had regular interactions with then CEO, Michael Eisner. After leaving Disney to work on some live-action shoots, he was invited to join DreamWorks Animation from 2004 through 2006, where he met regularly with Jeffrey Katzenberg in production related meetings, which was a thrill for him as he enjoyed all of the work that Mr. Katzenberg had accomplished in his career. Fred was also invited to work on two feature films for Pixar, though he felt that he had to decline both projects as he had a strong sense of duty to care for his father and his mother as they were concurrently stricken with Alzheimer's and dementia respectively.
Fred's father was an engineer and writer and spent a large part of his career in Public Relations at Hughes Aircraft Company, his main charge being that of visiting all of the Hughes Aircraft Labs, and then writing about their progress for the company's internal newspaper. He was also an amateur archeologist and paleontologist, visiting and digging at sites all over the world including Peru, Egypt, Mexico, Asia, Costa Rica, India, and Somalia to name a few. Accordingly, Fred's greatest five loves are traveling, writing, photography, video-shooting, and editing, and of course, frolicking at the beach, something his dad loved as well.
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