Rob Friedman joined the Curtis Board of Trustees in 2015 and assumed the role of Board Chair at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
He is one of the leading executives in the entertainment industry, currently serving as Chairman and CEO of his own consulting company, Rainbow RF.
From 2012 to 2017, Friedman was Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group following Lionsgate's acquisition of Summit Entertainment, a company he founded in 2007 and, within five years, built into a leading motion picture production and distribution company. While at Lionsgate, Friedman was in charge of all aspects of feature film acquisition, production, and distribution operations.
Formerly, Friedman was Vice Chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, adding the role of Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately overseeing seven divisions, including UIP Distribution, Paramount's joint venture with Universal for the international distribution of its films. While at Paramount, Friedman also created their specialty film division, Paramount Classics.
Earlier, Friedman held a series of positions at Warner Brothers, including President of Worldwide Advertising and Publicity, and he was responsible for the global marketing of Warner Brothers' Films.
Friedman is a longtime leader in the Special Olympics movement, having served on the Special Olympics of Southern California board since 1992. In 2015, he founded the Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee and, as its Board Chair, played an integral role in bringing the World Games to Los Angeles.
Friedman also serves on the boards of United Friends of the Children, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, International Medical Corps, and the Saban Community Clinic.
Rob and his wife, Shari, are the proud parents of Curtis Cougar alumni Jolie ('20) and Brooke ('18).