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Livingston’s Jeff Friedman Finds Success in Entertainment and Giving

May 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – From “script to screen and everything in between,” Livingston’s Jeff Friedman lives his life to entertain people by directing and producing live and live-on-tape multi-camera television programs. Nominated for more than 60 Emmy Awards, 13 of which he received, Friedman recently won the Partner Impact Award for his relationship with the Discovery Orchestra.

The Discovery Orchestra’s mission is to teach individuals and larger audiences how to listen to classical music, differentiating them from other professional symphony orchestras and institutions that focus on the performance of classical music. Friedman said his affiliation with the Discovery Orchestra has been one of the best partnerships he’s had during his time in the industry.

“The Discovery Orchestra is such a unique, meaningful organization because it teaches people how to really listen and enjoy music,” Friedman said. “In many ways, this project is more personal because the Discovery Orchestra really knows me.”

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Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a two-hour public television program Friedman produced that featured violin soloist Peter Winograd, was nominated for an Emmy. Though it didn’t win, the program premiered nationally on PBS in April 2013.

Prior to Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’ success, Friedman also produced and directed The Newsmaker of the Year Awards for network cablecast on Comcast and The Inner City Awards, which aired as a primetime special on WPIX-TV, New York. These achievements were among many that were produced by JF Telecommunications LLC, Friedman’s longtime production company. 

“I love to be able to take content from scratch and put it on screen,” Friedman said of his works. “The nominations are a form of affirmation from colleagues that our work is credible. It’s nice to be recognized that way.”

Up until 2013, Friedman served at Montclair State University under tenure as director of the DuMont Television Center, where he implemented, supervised and completed a comprehensive, high-definition facility upgrade creating two HD television studios, five HD control rooms and 18 HD post-production suites.

Currently, Friedman has a project in development regarding pain management—a one-hour special about how managing pain is most effective when professionals work together to make a plan.

“There are so many ways to deal with pain,” Friedman said. “Health care is a very hot topic right now and there is a whole lot of content that needs to get out there.”

While Friedman specializes in the production of live and live-on-tape multi-camera television programs that are telecast nationally on PBS stations, broadcast networks and cable networks, he also has a passion for giving back to the community. In fact, the Livingston resident began a Coat Drive Project in Livingston that seems to be growing in leaps in bounds.

“As much as I love television, this really is more rewarding,” Friedman said. “Three years a few hundred coats were donated, which then became 700 and this year it took on a life of its own.”

Livingston’s residents donated more than 1500 coats this past winter, causing Friedman to seek funding to become a real non-profit corporation. The project began out of Friedman’s own car, which eventually needed to become a truck and a van to hold all of the generously donated coats.

“It’s important to note that there are people living only minutes away who are living in freezing conditions,” Friedman said. “Livingston residents not only stepped up but also donated whole lot of high-quality garments.”

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