Julie Friedman

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Julie Friedman Steele
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Julie Elise Friedman

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesJulie Lofton, Julie Friedman Steele

Julie Friedman is an American social entrepreneur, public speaker and futurist. She is Chairman of the Board of the World Future Society,[1] as well as CEO and founder of The 3D Printer Experience. Julie is also the Primary Contributor to Encyclopædia Britannica's "3D Printing: Year in Review 2013".[2]


The 3D Printer Experience[edit]

Friedman opened The 3D Printer Experience in April 2013. It is the first 3D printing retail outlet of its kind in her hometown of Chicago.[citation needed] Already it has received national, international, and local media coverage for its unprecedented business model and unique, consumer-focused approach.[citation needed] It was nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards.[3] The 3D Printer Experience and is focused on introducing 3D printing technology to a mainstream, consumer audience by helping to educate anyone who is interested about the technology and future value involved with printing objects for personal and community-based needs.

Technology & Social Entrepreneurship[edit]

Julie Friedman is social entrepreneur and 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."[4]

In her capacity as a Social Entrepreneur Julie is:


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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)[5][6][7] (e.g., MXM architecture and technologies,[8] API, MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) protocols[9]) 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.[citation needed]For which, she created, produced and edited videos for and of Huntington's Disease, including working with FOX's TV Series HOUSE.[citation needed]

Recently, Friedman started developing complex, structured, film financing models with debt and equity film companies to help independent filmmakers get into production.[10]

Early entertainment career[edit]

Originally from Chicago, Julie became very involved in the entertainment industry from a young age performing with Ben Vereen[citation needed], Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre[citation needed], Piven, Northwestern University Cherubs[citation needed], and Marlee Matlin's Deaf Theatre Troup[citation needed] to name a few. Julie traded being in front of the camera for writing, producing and directing comedy, drama, and reality show at NBC[citation needed], Buena Vista[citation needed], PBS[citation needed], Animal Planet[citation needed], and USA Networks[citation needed]. Julie has also had films shown as part of the official selection at the Chicago International Film Festival[citation needed].


Julie Friedman is the daughter of Chicago Real Estate developer Albert M. Friedman, of Friedman Properties Ltd.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ MacArthur, Kate. "Chicago innovators: Gifts that won't disrupt your budget". Chicago Tribune. Chicano Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ Friedman Steele, Julie (2013). "Primary Contributor". 3D Printing: Year In Review 2013. http://www.britannica.com/: Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 (October 30, 2009). "MPEG-M (MPEG extensible middleware (MXM))". Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  6. ^ MPEG. "MPEG Extensible Middleware (MXM)". Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  7. ^ ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (October 2008). "MPEG eXtensible Middleware Vision". ISO. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
  8. ^ ISO. "ISO/IEC FCD 23006-1 – Information technology – MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) – Part 1: MXM architecture and technologies". Retrieved October 31, 2009.
  9. ^ ISO. "ISO/IEC 23006-4 – Information technology – MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) – Part 4: MPEG extensible middleware (MXM) protocols". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  10. ^ Julie, Steele. "Film Finance". FilmClosings.

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