|Julie Friedman Steele|
|Born||Julie Elise Friedman
May 15, 1977
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Julie Lofton, Julie Friedman Steele|
Early entertainment career
Originally from Chicago, Julie became very involved in the entertainment industry from a young age performing with Ben Vereen, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northwestern University Cherubs, and Marlee Matlin’s Deaf Theatre Troup to name a few. Julie traded being in front of the camera for writing, producing and directing comedy, drama, and reality shows at NBC, Buena Vista, PBS, Animal Planet, and USA Networks. Julie has also had films shown as part of the official selection at the Chicago Film Festival.
Entertainment, Technology & Social Entrepreneurship
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Friedman moved to Los Angeles where she spent most of her adult life to physically producing, encouraging, and investing in media to create social change. She won the Genesis Award for her documentary Best Friend Forgotten with David Duchovny on Pet Overpopulation that aired nationally and internationally, which spurred the Pedigree Shelter Dog ad campaign.
Friedman went on to create and develop the Animal Content in Entertainment division for The Humane Society of the United States, which awards grants to filmmakers, encourages mainstream media to incorporate animal story-lines, and garner distribution. It was during this time that Friedman focused heavily on "filmanthropy", while working with MPEG to develop MPEG-M (2010): MPEG eXtensible Middleware (MXM). (ISO/IEC 23006)  (e.g., MXM architecture and technologies, API, MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) protocols) an international standard for "coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information", where she served as the first Ad Hoc Chair of the JTC 1/SC 29 Working Group 11 for the "Coding of moving pictures and audio" standard, which would change how video search technology worked for factual based content.
Friedman was invited by the CHDI Foundation to present their keynote address, in Cannes, France, to researchers from around the world who specialize in Neurodegenerative diseases. For which, she created, produced and edited videos for and of Huntington's Disease, including working with FOX's TV Series HOUSE.
Recently, Friedman started developing complex, structured, film financing models with debt and equity film companies to help independent filmmakers get into production.
- CEO of The Meta Space
- Writer/Producer/Director, Genesis Award-winning Documentary Best Friend Forgotten, hosted by David Duchovny
- Creator of (ACE) Animal Content in Entertainment, the Film & TV division for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
- Contributor to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC29 WG11 on developing requirements documents and working drafts.
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 (2009-10-30). "MPEG-M (MPEG extensible middleware (MXM))". Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- MPEG. "MPEG Extensible Middleware (MXM)". Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (2008-10). "MPEG eXtensible Middleware Vision". ISO. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- ISO. "ISO/IEC FCD 23006-1 - Information technology -- MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) -- Part 1: MXM architecture and technologies". Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- ISO. "ISO/IEC 23006-4 - Information technology -- MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) -- Part 4: MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) protocols". Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- New Media in a Factual World
- Julie Lofton at the Internet Movie Database
- Best Friend Forgotten at the Internet Movie Database
- Daily Variety Careers
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2007)|
Her father is Chicago Real Estate developer Albert Friedman, of Friedman Properties LLC