Derek Frey

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Derek Frey
Born (1973-04-23) April 23, 1973 (age 46)
EducationBA in Communication studies
Alma materWest Chester University, Upper Darby High School
  • Producer
  • director
Years active1995–present
OrganizationTim Burton Productions
Notable work

Derek Frey (born April 23, 1973) is an American film producer and director who is the current head of Tim Burton Productions and Lazer Film Productions. He has been a producer on numerous Tim Burton-directed films including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Frankenweenie, Big Eyes, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, and others.

Early life and education[edit]

Frey was born on April 23, 1973 in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, he graduating from Upper Darby High School.[citation needed] Frey attended West Chester University and graduated with a BA in communication studies.[1][2]


Derek Frey (right) recording at Air Studios with Andy Richards, Mike Higham & Ric Levy, 2011. Photograph c/o Leah Gallo

Frey began his career in the film industry in 1996 as an assistant for Tim Burton and an employee of Tim Burton Productions, he worked as Burton's assistant on Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and Big Fish.[3][4] In 2001, he became the head of Tim Burton Productions, he would go on to earn producer credits in a variety of Tim Burton films including Alice in Wonderland, Big Eyes, Frankenweenie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd.[1]

Frey also directs and produces under the banner, Lazer Film Productions; the company largely produces short films and music videos. His 2016 short film, Green Lake, was shown at over 40 film festivals at which it earned 47 awards including "Best Horror" at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.[2][5][6] Other short films produced and directed by Frey include Kill the Engine,[7] Motel Providence, Sky Blue Collar, The Day the Dolls Struck Back, The Ballad of Sandeep (starring actor, Deep Roy), and numerous others.[1][8][9] Frey produced Burton's live-action adaptation of Dumbo, which was released in March 2019.[3][10]


Year Title
Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Role Notes
1995 Verge of Darkness Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2001 The Upper Hand Yes Yes Yes No
2002 The Day the Dolls Struck Back Yes Yes Yes No
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory No Yes No No Associate producer
Corpse Bride No Yes No No
2007 4th and 99 Yes No No No Short film
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street No Yes No No Associate producer
2010 Alice in Wonderland No Yes No No
The Curse of the Sacred Stone Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2011 The Ballad of Sandeep Yes Yes No No
A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton No Yes No No Documentary
2012 Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside Yes Yes No No Short film
The Killers: Here with Me No Yes No No Music video
Dark Shadows No Yes No No Associate producer
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter No Yes No No
Frankenweenie No Yes No No Co-producer
2013 Sky Blue Collar Yes Yes No No Short film
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers No No Yes No Stop-motion short film
2014 Motel Providence Yes Yes No No Short film
Big Eyes No Yes No No Executive producer
2016 Green Lake Yes Yes Yes No Short film
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children No Yes No No Executive producer
2017 Kill the Engine Yes Yes No No Short film
God Came 'Round Yes Yes No No
2019 Dumbo No Yes No No


  1. ^ a b c Umland, Samuel J. (September 28, 2015). The Tim Burton Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  2. ^ a b "Noteworthy News". West Chester University. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wheels, Helen (March 7, 2018). "Interview: Derek Frey". Cult Critic. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Lammers, Tim (October 1, 2016). "Interview: Derek Frey talks Tim Burton, 'Miss Peregrine,' 'Green Lake'". Direct Conversations. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Ringo, Diana (July 22, 2017). "Interview with director Derek Frey". Indie Cinema. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "April 2016 Awards". Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Review of 'Kill The Engine'". Independent Shorts Award. May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Tustin, Kevin (October 3, 2017). "Delco-based filmmakers bring work to Philly's FirstGlance Film Festival". Delco Times. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Minor Prophets & Derek Frey unveil their latest film in Cannes, 4th and 99". May 15, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 7, 2017). "Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' Adds Joseph Gatt To Live-Action Adaptation of Disney Classic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Derek Frey". IMDb. Retrieved June 6, 2018.

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