Rob Friedman is one of the leading executives in the entertainment industry. In August 2017, he was named Chairman and CEO of TMP Entertainment, overseeing all IM Global and Open Road’s projects and operations. TMP Entertainment will create, develop, finance, produce, market and distribute film and television in the U.S., China, and internationally. From 2012 to 2017, he served as Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group following Lionsgate’s acquisition of Summit Entertainment. During Mr. Friedman’s tenure, Lionsgate became the first studio outside the traditional majors to generate over $1 billion at the United States box office, a feat it repeated two years in a row. In 2017, under Mr. Friedman’s leadership, Lionsgate received the highest number of Academy Award nominations, twenty-six in total, with six wins for “La La Land” and two for Hacksaw Ridge, the most of any studio. Last year, “La La Land” also broke the record for most Golden Globes for a single film, receiving seven awards.
In building Summit Entertainment, Mr. Friedman served as Co-Chairman and CEO from 2007 to its sale to Lionsgate in 2012. Under his leadership, Summit launched the global blockbuster “The Twilight Saga” franchise, whose five films grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, and had success with such films as “Now You See Me” and “The Hurt Locker”, the 2010 Academy Award® winner for Best Picture and Best Director. Under his leadership, Summit’s investors realized a 900% return on their investment in a 5 year period and at the time of Summit’s sale to Lionsgate, Summit operated the most efficient distribution platform for companies distributing major theatrical motion pictures.
Mr. Friedman began his career in 1970 at Warner Bros., where he remained for 27 years holding a series of different positions including serving as President of Worldwide Advertising and Publicity. In 1997, Mr. Friedman moved to Paramount Pictures as Vice Chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, and created Paramount's specialty film division, Paramount Classics.
Mr. Friedman has held numerous philanthropic leadership positions and received widespread recognition during his entertainment industry career. He is a longtime leader in the Special Olympics movement, serving on the Special Olympics’ Southern California Board for the past 16 years and founding the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee. He also currently serves on the board of United Friends of the Children, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, International Medical Corps, Saban Community Clinic, and the Curtis School Board of Trustees.