Bungalow 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 credits include, Emmy Award winning “GIVE” on NBC, Fox’s “APB”, Seasons 1 & 2 of “Big Bad BBQ Brawl” on Cooking Channel, PBS’s “Landmarks Live in Concert”, NBC Sports World Series of Beach Volleyball, Travel Channel’s “36 Hours”, and Amazon’s 30-minute comedy “Highston”. Docs and features include “The Panama Papers”, Showtime’s “Spring Broke”, the theatrical doc “We the People: The Market Basket Effect”, the five-part mini-series “The Preppy Murder” for AMC/Sundance, the upcoming doc series “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” for Lifetime and “The Confirmation” starring Clive Owen. Friedman is also working on a variety of specials, digital series, branded and commercial initiatives.
His industry honors include being named “Media Man of the Year” by ADWEEK, and named one of the top 100 marketers in the country by AdAge. (and most recently a 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.