Business of Entertainment

Robert Friedman

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bungalow Media + Entertainment
Former Co-Chair, New Line Cinema/President Television

Bungalow Media + Entertainment was founded by CEO Robert Friedman, a 30-year entertainment veteran, who has held an array of senior executive positions including President of Radical Media & Entertainment; President of AOL, Interactive Marketing, TV & Ad Sales; Co- Chairman of New Line Cinema in charge of worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Licensing and President of New Line Television, which he launched for the company. Among the New Line Cinema content included Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Dumb & Dumber, Shine as well as a wide array of television and documentary projects. Friedman was an original member of the start-up team at MTV.

Bungalow’s recently produced series include the four-part mini-series Surviving Jeffrey Epstein for Lifetime, the five-part mini-series The Preppy Murder for AMC/Sundance, Emmy Award winning GIVE for NBC, Corvette Heroes for the History Channel, The Panama Papers for EPIX, The Real SVU for Lifetime, and Landmarks Live in Concert for PBS. Others include Big Bad BBQ Brawl for the Cooking Channel, 36 Hours with the New York Times for Travel Channel, the scripted dramas APB on Fox, Amazon’s Highston, Netflix’s Insatiable, Amazon’s Modern Love, feature documentaries Spring Broke on Showtime, We the People: The Market Basket Effect, and the Clive Owen’s feature film, The Confirmation. Current productions include Roswell: The First Witness for History, among others and various co-pros.

His industry honors include being named “Media Man of the Year” by ADWEEK, named one of the top 100 marketers in the country by AdAge, and most recently an inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame where he was also distinguished with the Chairman’s Award. Friedman serves on the Board of International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), The International Academy of TV Arts and Sciences and the TV industry’s NATPE association. He has been a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO) for over two decades. Friedman also serves on the boards of AccuWeather, Mount Sinai Health System, and Columbia Graduate School of Business. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Vassar College, and was the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the Business School commencement.

Friedman was one of the first men admitted to Vassar College where he received a B.A. in psychology in 1978. He earned his M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1980.