|Julie Friedman Steele|
|Born||Julie Elise Friedman
May 15, 1977
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Julie Lofton, Julie Friedman Steele|
Julie Friedman is an American social entrepreneur, public speaker and futurist. As CEO of The MetaSpace, a social enterprise committed to civic innovation, social ventures, new manufacturing, and the human condition, Julie has dedicated years of time and expertise towards creating a web of businesses that support social change and have a positive impact in their communities. Julie is an autodidactic learner who believes strongly in fostering a lifelong love of learning. Friedman's studies have included everything from biochemistry and neuroscience to theater, manufacturing, and human behavior.
The 3D Printer Experience,
Most recently, Friedman opened The 3D Printer Experience, the first 3D printing retail outlet of its kind in her hometown of Chicago. Already it has received national, international, and local acclaim for its innovative business model and unique consumer-focused approach. This year it was nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. The 3D Printer Experience brings the latest 3D printing technology (only recently made accessible to the general public) to the masses and functions to educate individuals on producing their own goods for personal and community based needs.
Technology & Social Entrepreneurship
Julie Friedman is an investor in Real Estate, Restaurants, and Nightclubs in Chicago, through her family's business Friedman Properties, Ltd., "one of the city's most successful real estate development firms, with a River North-based empire that encompasses millions of prime square feet."
In her capacity as a Social Entrepreneur Julie is:
- CEO of The Meta Space, a Chicago-based Social Enterprise Platform that owns:
- 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.
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.
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.
- Thomas, Mike (June 3, 2013). "From Sci-fi to Reality: 3-D Printing Arrives in Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL, USA). p. 20. Retrieved September 2, 2013. "As part of the Chicago family that owns Friedman Properties Ltd. — one of the city's most successful real estate development firms, with a River North-based empire that encompasses millions of prime square feet"
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 (October 30, 2009). "MPEG-M (MPEG extensible middleware (MXM))". Retrieved November 1, 2009.
- MPEG. "MPEG Extensible Middleware (MXM)". Retrieved November 4, 2009.
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (October 2008). "MPEG eXtensible Middleware Vision". ISO. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
- ISO. "ISO/IEC FCD 23006-1 – Information technology – MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) – Part 1: MXM architecture and technologies". Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- ISO. "ISO/IEC 23006-4 – Information technology – MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) – Part 4: MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) protocols". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- Chicago 3D Printing Shop Opens for Business
- How a 3D-printed Pistol is Changing Gun Regulation
- From Sci-fi to Reality: 3-D Printing Arrives in Chicago
- 3-D Printer Firms Experiment with Retail
- New Media in a Factual World
- Julie Lofton at the Internet Movie Database
- Best Friend Forgotten at the Internet Movie Database
- Daily Variety
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2007)|